Over the next four weeks, I will post a series of short story Ramblings which include:
#1-A Fork in the Road
#2-Life: It is NOT, “It is What it is!”
#3-It’s the Small Things that Count
#4-Three Great Traits
This series may touch on some “dangling thoughts” you can relate to. I hope they will be something you’ll want to ponder. I’m prepared for a variety of reactions including, “hogwash!” or “interesting!” These topics have found themselves on the “notes app” of my iPhone over the past few months. I find the commonality of the themes interesting and the fact that they found themselves on my phone under the category of “Potential Rambling Topics!” Here’s the first of the four stories:
#1 – A Fork in the Road
I read a post on Facebook that in essence said, “What does not kill you makes you stronger.” On the surface that sounds rather depressing, yet the message has some substance. Take, for example, that Harvey Mackay, the author of Swim With the Sharks: Without Being Eaten Alive, once wrote in his column that one of the best things to happen to him was being fired. YIKES, really?
As I have thought about this, I’m reminded about what a friend once told me, “Bob, we all have three “C’s” to live by that guide our life and the decisions we make: Choice, Consequences, and Change.” It’s like a fork in the road—it’s not if we make a choice, it’s what choice we make and are we prepared for the consequences of the choice we are about to make?
So, what do we do when confronted with a fork in the road? Which direction do we go? What choice do we take? I say: “Have Courage” and do what just may be the most difficult—take a deep breath, pause, and surround yourself with good people whose advice you trust. (I’ve come to learn that asking for help is a strength and not a sign of weakness.) Then listen intently for what is being said, weigh the merit, consider the outcomes, reflect on what is important, and pray for guidance.
Then, act! But do not necessarily take the path of least resistance as it may not be the least painful or beneficial in the long term. Think about a time when you faced a fork in the road. What were the choices, the consequences, and the change(s) you experienced?
As writer, Brené Brown says, “Failure can become our most powerful path to learning if we’re willing to choose courage over comfort.”