We make them every day, you know. And they’re not always big ones.
We decide what we’re going to wear that day, and what shoes go best with that outfit.
We decide what we’re going to eat. If we’re going out to eat, and if so, we decide where. Or if we’re staying at home, we have to decide on a menu, and if we’re cooking it ourselves or having it delivered from a restaurant.
If we have children, we have to help them decide what to wear, and what they’re going to eat. Among other things.
We have to decide what we’re going to do on our weekends. Where we’re going and with who. Or if we’re just going to enjoy time to do nothing.
If someone we care about has a birthday coming up, we have to decide on a gift.
When it’s Christmas we have to decide on gifts for our family and friends, and even more, decide on ways to make the holiday a very memorable and special time.
These are decisions we make that many times we don’t even realize we’re making them. They just happen and we usually do them without a lot of thought.
They’re easy to make.
But then there are the other decisions. The tough ones. The ones you don’t want to have to make, but you sometimes have no choice.
The decision to leave a job and start over, when you see that things are going terribly wrong and may not get better. Or you’re not going anywhere with your current job and you know you need to make a change.
The decision to move yourself and your family several hundreds of miles away for either family situations or employment opportunities, leaving behind other beloved family members and friends you’ve known forever.
The decision as whether or not to split up with a spouse for totally devastating reasons: unfaithfulness, theft of your personal savings; criminal activity; severe drug or alcohol abuse; physical or emotional abuse. The list can go on but you get the idea. And it’s especially hard if you have young children.
The decision to move an elderly parent or maybe your spouse to a nursing home or other specialized care facility because they can no longer care for themselves and you cannot do it either.
Or even worse, the decision to take a family member off of life support because there is no hope for recovery.
Decisions are sometimes easy, and other times difficult, even gut wrenching. Unfortunately they’re part of life, and there’s sometimes no choice in the matter. You make the best decision you can under the circumstances. And once you do, you can’t look back and do a “what if?” Because those “what if’s” aren’t going to happen.
Whatever decision you may be facing in the coming days, weeks, or even months, make the best one you can under the circumstances. And don’t look back, because you did the right thing at the time.
May you have the confidence to make the right decisions in the coming year, and may you make them with no regrets afterwards.