A Single Decision

Posted on 03/31/2015

He swayed back and forth.  The officer was diligent in her testing and protocol.  As I pulled forward, I realized there had been an accident.  Broken glass, a crunched hood and a motionless minivan was all that was left at the scene.  While I awaited the changing of the light, my mind began to race.  How could 12:30 p.m. on a Saturday yield such serious consequences?

The detective within me began to stir.  I had to pull over.  I had to see more.  This moment in time did not represent judgements towards another individual.

His performance only worsened.  Stumbling off of the line time and time again, he grew frustrated.

As I continued to watch the severity of the situation unfold, I began to contemplate the power of a single decision.  Each day we make hundreds, possibly thousands of decisions.  Many of them are simple and rather meaningless.

Others carry a ton of weight.

Specific decisions, good or bad, have an everlasting impact on our lives.  Friend, family, education, occupation, as well as personal health and finance based decisions are a few of the significant choices that we control.  On the flip side of the coin, we will all encounter moments when the world revolves without our consent. 

This is a part of life. 

The real relevance is encompassed by the fact that we control our decisions.  Even when knocked off track, every person has the ability to reestablish and reinvent.

When constructed correctly, decisions lead to opportunities.

When implemented poorly, decisions lead to repercussions.

In other words, good decisions carry the capacity to improve and enhance life.  Poor decisions, lacking thought and justification, pass the control on to a third party.

Making healthy decisions related to friends, family, education, occupation, personal health and finance opens doors, leading to personal fulfilment and happiness.  One poor decision possesses the capacity to undo numerous positive.

From a young age, we are taught the value of individual decisions.  As I grow older, I’ve continued to embrace this value.  Furthermore, I’ve delved into the conclusion that our lives are often stripped down to the sum of our decisions.

When to start a family?  How to value personal health?  What occupation to pursue?  How to plan for retirement?

These questions carry relevance and worth.  The strategies allowing for the answering and implantation of these questions undoubtedly take time, planning and effort.  As previously mentioned, these are the style of questions that have significant impact on an individual’s life. 

Their forecast often extends from present time, well into life’s later years.

As the testing concluded, he was handcuffed and placed into the back of the patrol car.  There was no undoing his decision to drive.  His only decision was to right a wrong and learn from a mistake.

Sitting in my car, I was left with these thoughts and conclusions...

Live in the moment, using acquired knowledge and experience to guide decisions. 

Unjustified decisions allow diligent effort, investment and proper timing to slip from your grasp. 

Don’t permit a single decision to dictate the course and direction of your life.

In making a poor decision, don’t allow yourself to make the same mistake twice. 

Regardless of our decisions, we all possess the ability to learn from our experiences.

 

Stay positive,

Matt