Echoes of the Future
As a youth I never
learned the truly awesome power of choice.
If only some wise benefactor
had sat down with the young
boy I used to be and explained
in simple terms that I was in
possession of quite possibly
the greatest power known
to humankind. Who can tell
what exotic destinations my
road would have found?
What should I say? How can I get through
to someone who doesn’t understand how
powerfully, decisions made today will
affect the rest of their life? If it were possible
to travel back in time and speak to
a younger version of myself, could I even
get through to ME? Ha! When I was a kid
if some strange guy had stepped out from
behind a tree I’d be thinking this old guy
doesn’t know anything about me or how life
is nowadays. Still, those were more respectful
times and such foolishness would have
Your power to choose can be given away but never taken from you. This is your life. It belongs to you, not your parents, siblings or friends. Every choice you make be it great or small creates a different future. Choose wisely. No matter who you are, no matter how young or old, no matter how rich or poor this day finds you, your power to choose is your greatest asset. It is the power that turns beggars into kings and queens. It transforms slaves into the masters of their own lives. Choose wisely my friend.
We’ll never know how this sage advice would have affected the young man I used to be, but this message is not just for youngsters. If you are a late bloomer like me, there is much value in looking back on one’s life and taking note of how the power of choice has affected the course of your personal adventure. In systems analysis this is called a feedback loop. In other words, what we learn from our yesterdays make for better decisions today.
Are you in school, starting a new career, beginning a new relationship or making plans for the years after retirement? Sure, life is full of unforeseen, unplanned events, but how do we choose to respond to those events? Our choices are like singing a song in the middle of a great mountain range. The sound carries a long way but eventually we will hear the same tune echoed back to us. Make today’s song a good one!
Oprah Winfrey is a wise benefactor in her own right and has been known to make quite a few good choices. May you benefit from her words of wisdom, “Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning – one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.”