Life is filled with choices. Big or small, they all have the ability to impact us.
I’ve heard people say, “He’s so lucky.” Or, “Everything great comes her way.” Even though good fortune may play a small part, it’s hard work and perseverance that takes on a much bigger role. Goals don’t magically happen overnight. They aren’t reached through pure luck.
I read a post by Danny at Dream Big Dream Often, that inspired me to think about this. You can find his thought-provoking piece here. He talks about how he’s been fortunate in his life through hard work, commitment, and a strong character.
I’ve also been fortunate and feel blessed. I have a solid, wonderful marriage. Our daughters are happy and have become amazing young adults.
Maybe on the surface, it appears as if it’s always been easy for me. But it hasn’t. Many people don’t notice the hardships I’ve endured. They may not realize the dedication, time, and effort I’ve put in to get to where I want to be.
For instance, a great marriage doesn’t just happen. It requires much communication, compromise, patience, and understanding. Raising children to have morals, compassion, and a strong work ethic isn’t a simple task.
My life is a compilation of all the decisions I’ve made along the way, and continue to make.
Choices help shape the people we become. Our decisions help determine if we live a fulfilling, happy life–or not. Along our journeys, we decide:
Who our friends are.
Which college to attend, or not.
Which career to pursue.
Who, and if, we marry.
To stay in a relationship or not.
Where to live.
How many children to have.
How often to exercise.
What to eat and drink.
How much money to spend on cars, clothes, and houses.
To procrastinate or not.
The list goes on and on. But when we come to a fork in the road, each one of these can affect us and those around us.
I tell my daughters, “Remember to make wise decisions!”
I often remind myself of that too.
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