By Claire Enos
Every second of every minute of every day we are faced with choices. Should I wake up early today? Or should I stay up late tonight? I'm not going anywhere: should I stay in my pajamas all day, or change into clothes? Every day, we are faced with millions of choices, and although they may not seem important at the time, invariably all choices become important. Why? Because each choice we make leads to another set of choices, and those lead to another, and another until we are faced with the big, deep questions.
So, what leads most of us to make decisions? What factors play a part in our decisions? I don't know about other people, but a lot of times I choose what's easy. And that may not always be what's right. In fact, usually I know that my decision isn't right, especially when it's easy. Take yesterday, for instance. I could have gone to church, a ward I've never been too, but it's so different and new and alien to me that I made up an excuse not to go. Now, I have to live with that decision and face the fact that I may have missed out on something wonderful. For example, what if I would have made a really great friend by going to church today? Now, I will never know what would or could have happened.
Sometimes, choices lead to regrets, especially easy choices. Those choices which don't push us to try something new or something outside of our comfort zones. That's one of the hardest lessons I've had to learn over the years, but perhaps the most rewarding; because once I've come to that conclusion like I did yesterday (after thinking about what I missed out on), perhaps it will be easier to make a hard decision, one that pushes my limits and takes me outside my comfort zone.
So, having said all that: I challenge each and every one of my readers to consider the lesson I've learned and perhaps make a hard decision, something that requires you to take a step or two outside your comfort zone and do something you know will be/could be rewarding for you. And keep in mind, all your little choices lead to the big ones so "keep your eyes on the prize" and it'll be so much easier to make the hard decisions, or so I believe.