Tag Archives: decisions

The choice is always ours

National Poetry Month, Day 25  //  So much depends upon our choices. “It is our choices,” J.K. Rowling wrote, “that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” They clarify and express our deepest values and reveal us even to ourselves. And Roy T. Bennett affirmed, “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a […]

Stand still

National Poetry Month, Day 6  //  “It may be,” Wendell Berry opined, “that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” It used to be, when I reached such a place in my life, I […]

On listening to your heart

What’s on your list of things to do? Mine includes chores like mow the lawn; power wash the fence and garage; clear the piles of paper from my study. What does your list include? Here are some things that were on Leonardo da Vinci’s list of things to do in 1510: calculate the measurement of […]

The long white line

“When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this’” (Matt. 21:10)? The actors are in their places, the musicians are poised with their instruments, the conductor’s baton is raised. Everything is ready for the curtain to rise. Even the audience is ready, or so we like to think. The first […]

Decide to mature

Demetrius Johnson probably thought very little if at all about rushing back into his burning apartment two Fridays ago to save his three-year-old son. His decision, I believe, made itself; there was no other choice but to do what he knew he had to do, even though it would cost him his life.1 Some decisions […]

Decide to live

In a parody of speeches to graduating seniors, Woody Allen described a defining choice that some say faces us today. “More than at any other time in history,” he wrote, “mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to […]

Decide to follow

Deciding what you want your life to be about is not particularly hard. Everyone makes that decision sometime, consciously or unconsciously. Many people, perhaps most, make it several times. What’s difficult is figuring out what you’re willing to give up for the things you really care about, what you’re willing to sacrifice for the life […]