Choices we make


Slippery

Just make sure the other shoe is not at the edge of the precipice

Ever wonder how we got to where we are today – successful, barely making it, comfortable, not so well, or perhaps even just getting by? As people, or as collective members of a group, we are where we are because of the choices we made along the way.

Life’s journey goes through ups and downs, and hidden booby traps. Ruts and potholes pockmarks the road. Boulders and bramble bushes obscure the view. Navigating life’s road takes more than courage; it takes moxie, level-headedness, prudence, persistence, being true to and knowing oneself. It takes staying on course.

Recklessness derails us, impeding our progress. Bad habits obscure and distort our view forcing us to slow down. We learn from our mistakes – supposedly, and it helps if we are not deaf, not oblivious and capable of picking up new skills.

The choices we make decide if we arrive at our destination safely and whole. Our choices shape our quality of life. Am I preaching to the choir?

Persistence is key


I watched an ant caught in an ant lion’s den frantically try to escape. One step at a time, the ant scaled the loose, sandy slope. As soon as the ant gained a couple of steps the sandy slope gave way and the ant found itself halfway towards the bottom. Up the slope the ant climbed again. It seemed to take the ant forever to scale the loose sandy slope. Up, down. Up, down. Not giving up the ant kept climbing.

Ant Lion in its den

Pincers deployed, the ant lion patiently waits (photo used with permission)

At the bottom of the funnel-shaped den the ant lion’s pincers protruded. No doubt the ant lion eagerly anticipated dinner tumbling into its ready pincers. No napkins necessary; no need for a knife and fork. Ant sashimi… yummy.

The ant had other ideas. It wanted to live. No time regretting the mistake of recklessly tramping and treading around ant lion hill. It endured. The ant adapted. It improvised. It persevered.

The ant persisted. It lived to tell the tale of its escape from the dreaded ant lion’s den.