“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
— Mother Teresa
Freedom is one of those invisible things you can easily take for granted until you experience the opposite. Seeing the persecution of others who live outside of a free society, for example. Or personally feeling the restrictions of debt or the anxiety of saying yes to too many things,
I don’t normally consider decisions as freedom, but they are. We are free to choose what we say yes or no to. Responsibilities, obligations, desires, dreams, persuasion, and incentive sway us one way or another. But at the end of the day, our decisions are our own.
The frightening thing about decisions is we can’t take them back—good or bad.
Most of the time, anyway.
A few years ago I was helping a friend decide between taking a job opportunity in town or taking a job in a different city. Both options were equally solid. Both were something worth doing. And my friend wasn’t sure what to do.
While we were discussing the options with the other people around us, a thought occurred to me that ultimately helped him make a decision:
Which decision was less permanent? What’s a way you choose option B if you decide not to enjoy option A?
In my friend’s case, the job out of town was actually an open invitation. Meaning, he could test out the job in town and if he found it not a good fit, he could call up the other one instead. So he took the job in town.
Was it the right call?
Impossible to say.
Even when we strategize and lessen the risk, we can still end up making the wrong call sometime.
“Wrong” applies to our failures, but failures often become turning points and opportunities to be better. Unless we let our mistakes drown us and keep us living in the past.
Failure is only a moment. And even when dealing with the fallout of failure, we still can find a way forward. But first, we have to start looking forward. Otherwise, we are enslaved to our past.
What are you willing to give up in order to be free?
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1073
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