Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Choose Well My Friend

There is a cute commercial airing these days by a cable tv company. It shows a person that makes a bad choice to switch away from the cable company that sets off a chain reaction of events that ends up with a catastrophic result. The commercial is cute, yet poignant.

Has there been a time in your life when you kind of woke up to the realization that things are not going too well? Maybe you are having financial or health problems. Maybe relationships have fallen apart. Have you ever wondered, "How did I get here?" I want to tell you that it probably just didn't happen suddenly. We are a product of the choices we make.

Seldom do things come crashing down around us for no reason. I am aware that sometimes it happens that way. A car accident can change a life. A company can go out of business. There is nothing premeditated or planned about that. Most of our trouble  in life, however, stems from bad decision making. Our health falls apart because we choose to eat poorly or engage in other activities that foster health problems. Our finances crumble because we have never learned the discipline to make good financial decisions. We choose to not humble ourselves and walk away from arguments and strife. When we layer bad decision upon bad decision the result can often be catastrophic.

Maybe right now your life is ok. Maybe you are not in crisis mode. What can we do to prevent future crises? Well, you can't make decisions that have not been presented to you. In other words, you can't do anything about the decisions you will make tomorrow or the next day or the next day. You can only make good decisions at the present moment.

So here is my solution. Make a good decision with the next opportunity. Start now making decisions that will foster better circumstances. Decide right now that you will make a healthy choice in your eating habits. Make a choice that will build a relationship rather than bring strife and division. Choose to be financially responsible. If you start making good choices now you will reap the benefits down the road.

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