This will be my last blog post until 8th December – I’m taking a bit of a break from these computery things for a few days. If you’re bored in the meantime (!) I’ve uploaded and categorised every daily email I’ve ever written, dating back (with a few gaps) to September 2012, here – categories on the right, or at the bottom of the page if you’re on a mobile.
I’m constantly fascinated by the results of decisions, indecisions, forks in the road, pathways to take.
Everything you do (and don’t do) has an unimaginable number of consequences: the exact time you leave the house determines who you sit next to on the bus or train; the jacket you put on might be the difference between whether someone strikes up a conversation with you – which could lead to new friendships, love, jobs, opportunities…
I remember once when I used to play golf, teeing-up the ball a couple of feet behind the tee-line, only to see, a few shots later, my ball fall short of the hole by the exact same distance.
“If only I’d started two feet further forward, that would be in!”
Of course, it wouldn’t. Every subsequent action would have been slightly different – the bounce, the lie, everything.
There’s probably a fallacy named around this, but I don’t have time to look it up this morning. Answers on a postcard…
It would be a mistake to allow this sort of thing to overwhelm you: if anything it should comfort you. There is no control over what might happen – only how you react to any situation you find yourself in, and which situations you allow yourself to be in. It’s true ‘bigger picture’ stuff – you can’t plan for who you’re going to randomly meet this weekend, but you can commit to taking whatever opportunity may arise.
Make decisions with the best expectations, but do not pretend you can control every aspect of every result of your decision. You don’t know what’s going to happen next, who you’re going to meet or what may become of it.
On the other hand, you do know that how you react to the various whats, whos and hows of life can lead to great things in the future.
Not knowing is half the fun. Enjoy the ride.
I should be back on the 8th December.
Photo credit: Dominick