Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Six Words



I've been seeing this around the internet frequently over the last few days, and it got me thinking. What would my six words be if I could go back in time and dispense wise words to my younger self? I think I would say something like, "Don't be hasty, you have time" or "Make important decisions with utmost care". Both choices imply that I put a definite emphasis on decision-making, and that is definitely the truth.

I always told myself, when my children were small, that I would feel like a success at parenting if I raised children who could make good decisions. Why? If you can make careful, well-thought-out decisions, you're going to do fine in life. In fact, you'll probably do more than fine, you'll do great. I know I won't have to worry so much when my children go out into their world on their own if I know they are good decision makers.

Decision-making can be one of our hardest skills to master, yet it's one of the most important. I know from experience. I wish I could go back in time and re-do a lot of the stupid decisions I made. It sure would have made my life easier and more fruitful. It also would have spared me from all the grief that comes from making poor decisions.

Many positive things naturally flow from making good decisions. Sitting on decisions about major purchases can stop ourselves from spending money we don't have, thereby saving us from financial problems in other areas. We find ourselves making more sound financial decisions after that and thinking more about our financial futures. If we protect ourselves in passionate moments, we can spare ourselves from unwanted pregnancies, or worse, STDs. Deciding not to take that hike out in a treacherous area without letting someone know where you're going or when you expect to be back can sometimes be the difference between life and death.

Those are just a couple of examples, but I think you know what I'm trying to convey. The importance of a good decision can be life-changing, enlightening, and lead to good habits. It's also a cornerstone to building a good future and keeping your whits about you when the going gets tough, or when times are lean. Although I wish I could go back and tell my younger self that, I have tried hard over the last several years to make better decisions. I don't always succeed, but when I do, I take pride in that. It's a journey, not a race.

Be well my friends.

-H.A.

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