Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. Keri Russell

As I look at my five-month-old grandson I am looking at a unique human being. We are all unique; the only one of us there will ever be with our distinct characteristics, experiences, and gift to give to the world.

Is it true we each have a gift to give to the world or is this just something we’ve told ourselves? What if we act like it’s true? What if we try to be the best us we can be and do the most good, for the most people? What would our scorecard be so far, and what would we like it to be? Death is closer today than it was yesterday for all of us. In two hundred years no one will know who we were, but we are here, we can make our mark here, and if we have a family we have a legacy we will leave behind.

How do we want to be remembered by the generations that will remember us? Will my grandson remember the grandma that could get him to break out into a big smile? Maybe it is more important that I’ll be able to remember how he smiled and welcomed every experience with enthusiasm. I hope he never loses the joy even as he grows up and becomes a man. I hope I can still make him laugh when he’s twenty-five.

Maybe he’ll read one of my books and say, “Grandma you made me think, or maybe he’ll say, “Things must have been really different when you wrote that book.” I hope they aren’t too different, they’ll be different, but maybe they will be different in good ways. I’ve had opportunities my grandmother’s never had; they lived through tough times I’ve never seen. Their children lived through the prosperity they hoped for, and I hope my children and grandchildren continue to live in peace and plenty.

I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions. Stephen Covey

Do we owe a lot of what we have to the good governance which we have in Canada? We may not approve of all our government does, and the decisions that have to be made, but we aren’t embroiled in civil war, and we could be. We aren’t facing famine, and we could be. Our children get an education most of us couldn’t give them if we had to do it all on our own. We have access to health care that we pay for collectively when we need it.

We live in an unfair society but do we know how to create a fairer society? We are fortunate to live in one of the best countries in the world and I know some people rail against it and say it’s not that good, you are deluding yourself. But I think we live in Camelot, it isn’t perfect but in the future, we may look back and wish we could get back to what we didn’t think was good enough, or maybe we will look back and say things are still better for most people in Canada than many other parts of the world, and we are continuing to strive to make things better for even more.

Every country is a collection of the people in it; we get to elect our leaders. No matter who leads us we will not be happy with every decision they make. Sometimes leaders have to make hard decisions and good leaders make the decision they think is best to move the country forward. They may not always make the best decision but perhaps having someone who can make decisions is better than not having a direction at all. We are fortunate we don’t need a revolution to change things. Do we need to be careful about the changes we think will be good for ourselves, our country, and the world? Does trying to be too careful lead to indecision?

Unsuccessful people make decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make decisions based on where they want to be. Unknown

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier. Roy E. Disney

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. Jim Rohn

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