As I walked this morning I listened to the Good Life Project interview of Chloe Wade. One comment she made really struck me. I am paraphrasing what she said, but the gist is that we need to reflect on the life decisions we have made because those are the decisions that have made us and the decisions were usually good. She talked about her life and the decisions she made and how we shouldn’t be afraid to make those decisions.
As I continue with the next 2 decades of my life (think 0-20, 20-40, 40-60, 60-80, and more) I look back and realize that I made decisions that could have been good and/or bad but they have made me who I ma. It takes time to become wise, and I think I am getting closer. The journey I have taken, the joys and sorrows along the way have allowed me the tools to be the person I am today.
I relate the thought from this podcast to the work I am doing right now. Implementing a new reading program for my school district could be overwhelming, but my decision to empower and involve as many teacher as I can has made it less intimidating and honestly more fun. My goal is to ultimately help students, but my approach to doing this is by empowering teachers. so far it seems to be working. But that will be another story.. One thing for certain is that as long as I have a positive focus and am working toward a goal of wanting the best for others, my decisions will be good.
Interestingly, when I looked for an image to attach to today’s blog, the images were all about right and/or wrong decisions. I realize to take a neutral stance on decision making, what may seem like the wrong decision could end up in the long run being the right decision and vice versa. Any decision we make makes us the person we are. There is a level of rational decision making that is probably best, but a decision is what it is and so is the outcome. the image I selected is judgment neutral which may be right and may be wrong. Another decision!