Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tough Decisions





Recently, I talked about the importance of making good decisions (if you didn't read it, click here). As a mother, daughter, friend, and co-worker, among other things, I'm faced with making choices daily. I'd like to think that I've improved upon my decision-making skills over the years, but I'm only human. I know that while I make plenty of good decisions, I still crank out a few bad ones here and there.

I've had to make a lot of decisions this year, more than I feel I normally have, but I also understand that it's a result of growing older. The biggest thing I've had to deal with lately in the Decision Department is that while I know a decision I've made is the best possible one, it's still an incredibly tough decision. It's a dilemma that can truly just suck. Some decisions, no matter how wise, will fill us with dread, heartache, and sadness. I've spent more than my fair share of time shedding tears.

I guess it's natural, really, to deal with this dilemma. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm only human, and so is everyone else. Just because things are good for us doesn't mean it doesn't have a downside. Maybe it's the universal idea that for every positive there is a negative, and where there is light there is also dark. It seems that this would be so.

The upside is that the tough part of making good-for-us decisions only lasts a short time while the positive things that stem from it will be long-lasting. It's a comfort in a time of darkness to understand these two things. It helps us get through hard times while we weather the storm and wait for the end result.

I've seen several people lately, that I care deeply about, also struggle with the dread that comes with the beginning of a good decision. I remind them of the same things I remind myself often, and then lend my support. They, in turn, do the same for me. So, the next time you have to make a tough decision but don't want to follow through because of the initial sadness, anger, or various other emotions, just remember: The first step is always the hardest.

Have a great day friends.

-H.A.
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