Honor Your Choices

Do you ever come across quotes which shake you to your core? They may be in a book or magazine article you are reading, an online publication you frequent, your various social media pages, or on a billboard you pass all the time. These quotes are everywhere and it is almost as if these words, sentences, or paragraphs find you and put you in check when you need it most.

After the week I experienced, I am now left wondering if the decisions I made are worth the circumstances I am currently up against. Last week, I was an interview away from accepting a good job at a solid company and starting this new chapter of my life, only to realize it was not something I was ready to do yet. I feel like I still have things I want and need to do to feel good about leaving one chapter to start another, so I made the decision to stay where I am at for now. I can work on my business, work on new partnerships, and do what I love to do most, coach another season of baseball. 2016 has been a year in which I feel like I have made the best decisions of my life and gone with my gut more than I ever had in the past. This new decision follows my new trend, the best trend, so why am I so concerned with my “circumstances”?

Hoh River Trail; Olympic National Park; Forks, WA (Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson)
Hoh River Trail; Olympic National Park; Forks, WA (Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson)

Finances have always been a source of insecurity for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am great with money, good at saving and investing in quality, and giving. I am just someone who has been infatuated with doing what I was passionate about rather than taking a typical 9 to 5 in Corporate America, which has not led to me making a ton of money as of yet. I have made things work over the years, done what I had to do to survive, and done the things I love to do, but this season has its own challenges. I have a target date for when I will be wrapping up this chapter and beginning the next one, but I have to try to navigate my life to make everything work. Meaning, I need to figure out how to expand my business, find a job that can bring in some extra cash flow, and need that job to be flexible enough with my spring baseball schedule. This is tough, but what I need to remember is my familiarity with this situation. I have been here before and it has always worked itself out. Why am I overwhelmed? I’ve been here.

The quote I came across was brought to my attention via text from my mom. She knows about how I am feeling and felt like what she saw on a social media page could be something of counsel during this time of reflection.

“Honor your choices and never worry about what others think of them. Its YOUR life. The more you love your decisions, the  less you need others to love them.”

Is it really this simple? Yes. Is honoring our choices despite what the outside world may think of us that hard to do? No. This quote summarizes everything I am feeling and said what I needed to say in the right way. Most people (including my own self)  may not understand my thought process or why I have chosen the roads I have. They don’t need to. What matters is that I feel good about my choices, honor them, and choose not to look back. Life has taken me all over the place, but it has resulted in my being exactly where I belong. Honor your choices and know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. Life becomes much better when you embrace these things.

 

-R.M.

 

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