You have to make a decision and act on it

We all have our images and stereotypes. And for us, it’s a known fact that very few of our out-of-town guests arrive on motorcycles.
Janet and Brian, however, were the exception, and we barely knew where to park their over-sized Honda.
It all began with a phone call from the niece and nephew-in-law we rarely see. And it ended with fond farewells as we waved them on their way for the next thousand miles of life’s journey on their two-wheeler.
I don’t know much about motorcycles; but to me, this one was a near monstrosity. Five feet tall, seven feet long, and three feet wide, counting all the extensions.
There were seats for two. A tall front windshield to protect the driver’s face. Individualized Velcro-closed pockets for the personal effects of each rider. And two rear view mirrors reaching out like outstretched arms to give a view of approaching vehicles.
Storage cases on each side and in the back were under lock and key. And that’s all the locking that should be needed because certainly no one would be tempted to make off with that monstrous motorcycle itself.
A state-of-the-art cassette player at the front can be adjusted for volume as the driver chooses. Or should the driver be too busy attending the road, the player will sense when the motor is getting louder and up the volume automatically.
And then when the cycle pulls up to a stop sign automatically lower it.
Such luxury I have seldom seen in a vehicle with four wheels, never mind one with two. But for all its glamour, horses couldn’t drag me into the rider’s seat of that cycle.
And I couldn’t help getting a little anxious last Friday as Janet and Brian headed out into what promised to be a day of erupting storms on the plains.
There were decisions to be made. Should they head toward Omaha or Kansas City? As we fretted, Brian came up the stairs whistling and singing one of his favorite tunes from Oklahoma–“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City . . . .”
Then with one more quick look at The Weather Channel, he made an easy decision to avoid Kansas City and head for Omaha.
At that point, someone had the audacity to say, “I hope that’s the right decision.” Unshaken, Brian simply said, “You never make a wrong decision. You just make a decision. And then you make another decision.”
It was obvious almost immediately that as Brian, the social worker, philosophized, he was talking about much more than the day’s trip to Omaha.
“It’s kind of like life. You come to a fork and make the decision that’s right for the next piece of the road. Then when you need to, you make a correction and make another decision. Always being sure you’re ready to change directions easily.”
“But what’s important is you have to make a decision and act on it!”
When you think about it, Brian’s philosophy just about sums up life. Every day of life we’re faced with decisions. And unless we make those decisions easily, we’ll always be stalling and stumbling before the next step forward.
So what decision should you be making today? Do you have the courage to do it easily, knowing you can always make another decision? And once you’ve made today’s decision, do you have the dedication to act on it?
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist.

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