Thoreau said, “My life is like a stroll on the beach… as near to the edge as I can go.”
This weekend we went to the beach. It wasn’t the best weather. The Northerlie blew straight in bringing a lot rain with it. We went for a walk though. Bundled up tight against cold we made our way up the beach. And I stayed away from the edge.
Why? Because it was unpredictable. I never knew how far the water was going to come in, or go out. So I stayed away.
I’m thinking each day is like our walk down the beach. You might not think so because at one level you do the same things each week day. Jump in the car drive to work. Work. Go home. But, unlike the fork in the road most think our decisions are made of, there are a million different things that can happen to you every day. A million different ways your das could turn out.
Imagine if I had walked closer to the edge. I might have got wet shoes. Or not. Or I might have seen something I didn’t see because I was further away. I could have had a completely different experience than the one I had.
There are always more than two decisions you can make at any one time.
Take a moment to think about that … I think it’s powerful. It seems we are the only creatures on Earth that have that opportunity. It means you can have more control over your life than you might think possible.
I thought that might give you something to be more mindful of as you go about your day. It certainly got me thinking.
Have a great week.