With the new year just around the corner many of us are reflecting back on the choices and regrets in our lifetime. These can range from our careers to the choices our children make.
Our youth is a time of hopes, dreams and fantasies.As we age, we become seasoned veterans with a lifetime of experience. It's a time of reflection.
There are those who say if they had to do it all over again, they would make the same choices.
On the flip side, there are those who would change many of their past choices.
Some would have children. Some would choose to remain childless.
Many would go to college and get a degree. Some would put all their energy into pursuing the career of their dreams, no matter the cost.
Others would make the choice of staying home, raising their children. Some desire to home school their children. Many would choose to spend more time with their children. Maybe this time around they would make time to attend their child's basketball game or soccer game.
Maybe if we just slowed down in this fast paced world we would view the sunrise and the sunset as a miracle. Perhaps we would soak up the sunshine or play in the rain. The choices we make in our life usually affect those we hold dearest.
If we choose to lead a dysfunctional life and continue on that path there are always consequences to suffer.The results are heartaches, sadness and tears. Laughter ceases to exist at that point.
If only we realized how our actions and words affect those closest to us perhaps we would make better choices. Maybe if we saw the unhappiness we caused a person because of a harsh word, we would find a kind word instead.
And maybe if we saw the look of disappointment on a small child's face when we send him away we would take the time to see what is troubling him. Time is so precious to a child. Children are not mindless little beings. They are innocent. They are little hearts. They feel. They think. They love. It's our duty to make the best choices for them. That could mean some serious changes in our lifestyle.
It's a matter of priority. If we choose to lead an unhealthy lifestyle the children will suffer.
Many times in our youth we make poor choices. Usually there are signs that we are making wrong choices but we choose to ignore them.
But if we nourish our minds, our bodies and our children, we can make wise choices.
Instead of crying there would be more laughter. Instead of heartache there would be gladness. Imagine the inner peace, the harmony.
In the end, it's a matter of what we hold most dear to us -- what we value.