What if. Two words that can either mean pondering the possibilities of what can be done or looking back in regret at what wasn’t done. In all our lives, there have been at least a few times where we made a decision, for better or worse, that affected the rest of our lives.
In his poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost describes his thought process on which path to take at the divergence of two roads. He describes each path as being similarly overgrown and traveled but leading to different locations entirely. His dilemma: Taking either way presents its own challenges and rewards, so which one should he take?
Frost’s poem eloquently puts into words a common occurrence in everyone’s life: We arrive at a fork in the road in the form of a decision, and choosing one direction will yield ‘x’ results while choosing the other will yield ‘y’ results— sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure book but with real consequences.
Think about your life and the decisions you have made. Have you undeservedly forgiven someone? Forgiving them usually yields peace of mind, but what if you didn’t offer them absolution? How would your life be right now? Or, on the flip side, what if you could bless someone extravagantly? What if you could bestow upon them good health and happiness— even if they may not deserve it?
What about your professional life? What if you could disciple/mentor someone personally? What if you could take that proverbial lump of coal and transform it into a sparkling diamond? What if you could give your team the skills and the confidence to reach beyond what they thought was possible? What if you could be a shining example of professionalism, determination, and drive?
What if you had a bucket list (similar to mine)?
- Forgive someone undeservedly.
- Bless someone (ANYONE) extravagantly.
- Disciple someone personally.
I’d sure appreciate YOUR feedback and YOUR action steps in the comments below.