Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I Need a GPS

I need a GPS (Global Positioning System) to guide my decisions. How about you? Are decisions easy for you to make?

At those crossroads and forks in the road of life, do you breeze right on through or do you fret and consider and wonder which way to go? Then sometime later (a few days or months or years) you are compelled to look back and decide that you really didn’t make too good of a choice. Wouldn’t it have been great to have a GPS where the electronic voice told you to turn left or right or go straight?

When driving with a GPS in your car and you miss your route, the voice tells you to turn around and quickly directs you to the right track to reach your predetermined destination. If we could only have that for daily living: we could “turn around” and rectify a mistake before it ballooned into something drastic and life-changing.

Bad decisions are just that. Yes, they may have lasting effects. Yes, they may make our life less enjoyable that we’d like. Yes, they may make us ask, “What if…?” But dwelling on “what if” is like trying to unring the bell, impossible after it’s rung. Same with our past decisions. They’re made. We made them. They’re done, not usually to be undone.

Remembering them and going over and over them mentally won’t change things either. It’s not easy, but make a concerted effort to erase the regrettable past from your mind. I’ve already said it’s not easy. But we can diligently work at doing just that. Regret is like spinning your wheels—you’re wasting your energy and you won’t get anywhere. You can’t change the past; just learn from it. Make your decisions wisely; they may change your forever.

 Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.” —Victoria Holt, novelist

Till next time ... keep on smiling.

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