but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
--George Bernard Shaw
Choices are required of us every day. The first recorded choice made by human is that made by Eve when she decided to bite into the apple. And then the second was made by Adam, and on and on.
In the evening do you ever review the choices made that day?
Where did those choices lead? What resulted because you made a choice the way you did? As you review your choices made, do you ever have regret that you may have made the wrong choice, made a mistake? (Regret? Oh, discussion of regret is for another time.)
Once we make a choice, it's made, no second chance in that particular instance. But if we're smart enough, we can learn valuable lessons from even our wrong or questionable choices.
In the movie, "The Renaissance Man," Danny De Vito's character makes a profound statement: "The choices we make dictate the lives we lead." To paraphrase, what he's saying appears to be "Where you are today is the result of all the choices and actions that you have made thus far in your life."
If that's the case, and I believe it is, we might need to thoroughly weigh our decisions on all our future choices. We probably won't always make a correct choice. Who could? But it sure wouldn't hurt to strive to be diligent in our efforts to make right choices. Especially if we think that what we become, say, a year from now will be the result of the choices we make between now and then.
Wonder what choice Eve would make today if she could go back and have a second chance? We won't be presented with a choice of the magnitude of Eve's but our choices are just as precise to the outcome of our lives as hers was to the outcome of humankind.