Simplistic, as familiar as any daily inevitability – but, more importantly, symbol of complacency. When we take things that always happen for granted we resign ourselves to repetition of things we cannot change. By association we also resign ourselves to repetition of things we CAN change.
When the sun comes up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that things don’t have to be the same, shouldn’t be the same and can change that day. Most things we change don’t happen overnight – so we think, but they can. Not all consequences, but the beginning. Making of a choice, the taking of decision has immediate consequences. Consider the comparison of deciding to turn the ship’s wheel and actually turning the wheel. Both are important, but it is the action that makes change happen. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not suggesting we take quick actions without first taking time to make a thoroughly thought-through decision, but thinking is never a substitute for action.
Goethe said it well: Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless.
Looking back, and forward, I recognize I used to make decisions more swiftly and act (often impulsively) and now I see my situation as the product of reversing that dynamic again (will youthful exuberance return?). Less deliberation, more decision. Less status-quo, more energy. Less acceptance/resignation, more effectiveness …
Well observed, Mark, as is so often the case in these musings. Found an unexpected cure for my bouts of loneliness in playing guitar every day. I can't remember which famous guitar player said it, but your guitar is your friend that never lets you down, JB, Edmonton, AB
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