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April 20, 2013

Looking Back: Take your time, think ahead before making decisions

A lifetime may seem forever for some, especially when we were young and couldn’t wait to grow up and get to do all things we saw the adults do. Come to think of it, perhaps that wasn’t too good. 

We have seen some of the hardships brought about because of decisions that were not the best, especially on the world scene. Time has gone on and the facts are the facts, to be written up in the history books for all to see and hopefully not to make the same mistakes.

Yes, throughout a lifetime there are many, many decisions to make, either major or minor. Looking back, I can truthfully say that I have made many a blunder, and then also many wise choices.

Maturity has a lot to do with making a correct choice. As it is said, “experience is the best teacher.” That calls for much research, reading, meditation and best of all prayer. There is always someone, somewhere, that has “been there and done that.”

I remember a public talk I heard years ago about this same subject, “Making Wise Decisions.” At the time I thought I was doing OK in my life … so far. But, again, I must admit that … you know what.

We all have so many decisions to make in a lifetime that it certainly is the wise thing to take time to put together all the choices and options. Analyze each possibility, especially looking at what the outcome could be. Looking at the long-range effect of an action is most worthwhile. Considering the effects on an individual — mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually — gives peace of mind knowing you did all you possibly could to select the right course. I found all this most helpful. 

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