When one of my good friends was at a crossroads in her life, she shared with me this piece of advice she had been given:
"Make the choice you won't regret."
For my friend, either choice meant a lot of hard work, bravery, and sacrifice. Lucky for her, she already is very strong and brave and wise, so she didn't have to learn those things, too; but armed with that sage counsel, she was able to find conviction in her choice and move forward.
I am at a season in my life where it would be easy for me to hide in my hermit shell with my two favorite crabs. I gotta say, too, that shell is cozy. It feels much safer than sticking my neck out in the whole wide world where their are seagulls and all other kinds of dangerous--- beaks.
But thinking about my buddy helps me to climb on out of my armor every so often to try to do what is kind and true and courageous.
I recently read a message from Dieter F. Uchtdorf (a.k.a. mein homeboy), and then I read it again, and again, because it helps me to feel braver. He quotes from an old proverb, "The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago," it says. "The second-best time is now."
President Uchtdorf further explains that if you have some good you want to bring into your life, you should go for it. Don't worry about failing or waiting for some imagined starting line or being perfect every step of the way. He says that even if we fall short, "just continuing the journey will make us greater than we were before."
So let's go do some go good in this world y'all! Pish posh to beaks! Let's go plant some trees, and be brave, and carpe all the diems. Or kairos, if we want to be more true (which we doooo). Perhaps, if you are a fisherman, you can carpe all the carp? Live your dreams, sailor.
Whatever you choose to carpe, I hope you have a weekend full of un-regretted choices and many a metaphorical planted tree. God bless you all.
See you Montag.
P.S. On a serious note, if you already have made the choice, and you do regret it, remember that is what the Atonement is for. There is always hope. Always, always.