Choices can be fun, amusing, exciting – even thrilling! Choices can also be challenging, uncomfortable and difficult. Sometimes it feels like there are two choices; the bad choice and the worse choice! The truth is often that we are focusing on the choice itself and the immediate consequences rather than the long-term results.
I remember being given some difficult choices which felt, at the time, like there really was no choice. Was there really a positive option when I was asked to decide whether to have my left leg amputated or keep on having nerve blocking injections, blood clots and dislocations for the rest of my life? It certainly did not feel like it at the time. Today, as I walk around in my world, I know I made the right ( if often painful) choice and am grateful for the fact I have both legs.
I also remember being given the choice of getting married in a Registry Office to please my future husband and stay true to my own beliefs, or having a large wedding in our Synagogue and keeping my family happy. Surely this choice was beyond having a positive outcome! 24 years on, I know I made the right choice and we had most of the family at the wedding – even on a Saturday!
The next time you face a difficult choice, focus on the longer-term results that you can create. Think about how the future will look rather than the immediate, difficult choice in front of you. That difficult choice could create an outcome that has life-long, positive results.
Have a wonder-filled Wednesday