All of my life I have been faced with decision after decision and making choices one way or the other. I am sure, Dear Bloggites, that you have all been in this situation, it is called LIFE. Throughout my life, every active choice I made had a specific reaction to it. As my boys were growing up (and now my GrandKiddos), I always said this phrase, “For every action you make, there is a reaction, be it good or bad.” to remind them that their choices in life affect many things and not just one thing they are deciding on.
I have made plenty of bad choices in my lifetime but not all the bad choices had bad outcomes. Both my boys were from choices I made when I was younger, and I do not regret those decisions in the least bit. My life has been so enriched by my sons and will continue to be enriched for as long as I live. I thank God every day for my boys and how well they turned out in spite of who raised them (me).
I have also made plenty of good choices in my lifetime and I continue to reap the benefits from those daily. One of the greatest choices I made in my lifetime was to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. He has always seen me through, even when I had not accepted Him, and He continues to see me through daily. Now, I still struggle with my timing verses His timing, but in the end, what is meant to happen, happens according to His plan for my life.
I am faced with some choices right now. I do not know the current outcome because I have not made any decisions, but knowing the result of some of the decisions, I have put contingency plans into place. That is something I recommend everyone doing, always have a contingency plan. While one of my favorite phrases is the “For every action there is a reaction, be it good or bad” my ultimate phrase that I say and do is, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”
Hoping for the best is a no brainer, everyone has hope the best, ultimate outcome will happen, unfortunately, the ‘best’ outcome is usually some form of happy ending in their life, but that is not always the case. Sometimes the ‘best’ outcome is having to say good-bye to someone or something you love because you know it is for the best. The best-case scenario I had to face was when my Dad was dying of Cancer. I did not want to see him pass away, but I KNEW he would be better off if he did die. This may sound heartless to some of you, but he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and I knew if my Dad died here on Earth, he would be in heaven celebrating a new body that will never give out on him.
Preparing for the worst is the hard part on my ultimate phrase of “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” because no one wants to face or deal with the worst-case scenario. The death of a loved one, to many, is the worst-case scenario. But preparing for the worst-case scenario forces you to think of all the possible outcomes of a situation and decide on which choice would be best to take if faced with the worst-case situation. I am at that point right now.
I have many choices to make in the next couple of months. These choices have good and bad outcomes, but I still have to make them. In order for me to move forward in life for myself, my Autistic son, and my dog, I have to decide which choice to do so when and if I am faced with the worst case scenario, I will have my contingency plan in place and make that decision when the time comes.
I challenge you, Dear Bloggites, think about the choices you have made in your past and all the different possible outcomes that could have happened if the current one you are in did not take place. Then, think about your life and what you want in the future. Make some choices and plan the contingency plans to follow and then run with the results. You only have one life to live, make it the best life you deserve and want!