Choices when you look at them from a simplistic point of view are indeed very simple. You either do something or you don’t. Life then looks like a binary tree of choices. At each junction along the way we close one door, pass through the other closing it behind us and move toward our next junction; effectively snipping off a branch of the ‘might have been’ along the way.
This week I’ve had to make some pretty tough choices. I’ve had to close doors that I never really wanted to close and snip of branches of my ‘might have been’ to arrive here in the present.
Although the choices I have made have been tough I feel so much better having made them. I feel a sense of control that I’ve not really felt for a while.
I’m guessing if you pull far enough away from all your choices, your life starts to look a bit like all the veins in a leaf. I’m not exactly sure why but it makes me feel good inside to think my life is just a leaf, fluttering gently in the wind.
Thinking about it, the secret to a truly happy life is not to regret the doors you’ve closed or the pruning of the ‘might have been’ but to truly embrace the junctions you are at and give yourself fully to those decisions.
Over the next few days and weeks I’m going to try and do just that.