Sunday, November 9, 2008

using the past to shape the future

a week ends, and another begins. time moves on. things change.

today i have been in a contemplative mood. at times my life does not feel like my own. i think about my past, what i have seen, what i have done, what i haven't done, and it feels like a dream. i think about my future. i think about what is happening now. in two years will today feel like a dream?

i have so many regrets. i have made so many poor choices. choices that, at the time, seemed like the right thing. choices that i had no idea would impact me in the way that they have. even the smallest of choices can cause such a massive ripple effect that your life will never be the same. you will change. those around you will change. your life can become something completely different.

i make millions of choices every day. whether i am choosing not to attend church on sunday (and instead blog about it on normal mormons), whether i am choosing to put the dishes off until tomorrow, or even if i choose to wear the blue shirt instead of the red one. some choices don't matter all that much (like what shirt to wear) and some do--like church attendance.

yesterday i had an opportunity to see some girls that lived in the dorms with me my freshman year of college. nearly 50 girls were invited, but only three came--including me. we met for breakfast at the dormitory cafeteria. i didn't really know the other two girls that came my freshman year. at least not well. i knew who they were, i knew who they hung out with, i knew which room was theirs. but i never really knew who they were. as i sat and talked to them, i was amazed. amazed at how well we got along. amazed at how much we had in common, about how easily we could talk, about the experiences they shared with me. and i was sad. sad that a few years ago i had every opportunity to get to know them. to be friends with them. why didn't i? because i made other choices. choices that, at the time, seemed like good ones. looking back now, i see they impacted me negatively. i missed out on so much. at the very least, i missed out on years of friendship with these fun, insightful, and compassionate girls. and who knows what else i missed?

but not every choice i made has had negative impacts on my life. even some of the bad choices i have made brought about good consequences. some of the best choices i have ever made, some of the seemingly small ones, have created the biggest, most wonderful results. like that day in september of 2005, when i got fed up with sitting at home every night. when i decided to check out that website. that website, that a few weeks later, led me to meet the man who is now my husband. who is now the father of my beautiful son. who would have thought that one seemingly small choice would change my life forever? would change me for eternity? i am so thankful that i decided to push aside the stigma attached to internet dating. i am so thankful that that man decided to send me an invitation to chat with him. he has become my entire world.

i hope that as i continue to learn and grow i can make more choices like that one. more choices that produce joy, that produce love, that produce happiness in my life and those around me.


spencer said...

...and I had to make the choice to break it off with the other 17 girls I was simultaneously dating :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I agree with you!! I can pinpoint exactly in my past the second when I made a TERRIBLE decision (not my only one, unfortunately). That decision led to awful experiences..but I learned so much from them..and if I hadn't made that first bad choice I never would've met my sweet, sweet husband...the man who understands me & accepts me & grows with me every day. I am so lucky.

Just remember, never regret anything, no matter how awful, as long as you learn from it.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

thanks for dropping by my blog. It was fun to peek at yours and get to know you a little bit. Hope to "see" you again. :)

Angela said...

Great post- I love to see some honesty! I jumped here from a comment you left at Stephs blog.

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Well written cornnut. :)

Trent and Amelia said...

I was thinking the exact same thing after breakfast/lunch the other day. That was so fun, the three of us should get together again. And Ali forwarded the email about the party, that sounds like fun :)