Why – The Foundation for Our Decisions

Good Morning!

Hope you all had a very enjoyable President’s Day weekend! The weather was quite pleasant here, although it’s slowly becoming depressing how little snow we’re getting… even I, an avid fan of warmth and sunshine, wouldn’t mind having a little more of the fluffy stuff on the ground.

Over the course of the weekend, I was able to find a few quality hours to sit down and just think, and even dig into some reading that was way overdue. It’s always nice using weekends to do things just for me, even if that means not exercising or getting nine hours of sleep, or just going for a stroll through the park. Time of quiet reflection and thinking is still becoming increasingly hard to find, and even if it results in a day that isn’t super thrilling or exciting, I do enjoy the days of quiet to keep to myself and my gray matter.

The building blocks for our actions and decision making are the most critical pieces of information for us to identify. It’s very similar to discovering our purpose, but our actions and decisions are driven by the “whys” of our life, and that is how we can communicate the logic behind our decisions, connect with customers if you’re a business, or just explain your points of view to friends or family.

The fascinating thing about living in a world of billions of people is that there is never someone who has the exact same experiences as you. Sure, it sounds cliched, but it’s a fact. Those experiences are what everyone uses to create a foundation for their life, by leveraging that information when taking the world head on. Often times, we can’t relate to someone’s experiences, or just choose not to because it’s something we don’t understand. However, what better way to begin to understand someone than to try and see where they’re coming from?

How do you build the world’s tallest building? You give it a monstrous foundation. Life may be a journey, but it may also be a large construction project that just happens to take decades to complete. Too often we look forward and say “look what I haven’t done.” But really, we should look back and say “look what I have.”

The end result is not always for us to know, but really is for us to discover. Like a good treasure map, we use our experiences to point us in the right direction, not necessarily receive explicit instructions for how to get there. Often times, I’ve been told I dwell on the future too much, but do I really?

The future is the one area that we can have the biggest impact on. The past is past, and for good reason. It’s happened, time to move on… That doesn’t mean we should forget about it though. Rather, we should use that experience to influence the present, and shape the future into what we want it to be.

What is your long-term “construction project”?

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3 Comments

  1. My long-term project? Eternal life. The neat part is I don’t have anything to do on this project: all that is needed has already been done for me.

    Glad to see the young acorn sprouting construction analogies—makes this old oak pretty proud.

    Yes, learn from history but look to the future. You’ll get into serious trouble if you try to drive forward looking into your rear-view mirror.

  2. Absolutely! And what a blessing that is! Haha, all those adventures to see the railroad tunnel being constructed must have made an impression :-) And bridges continue to fascinate me too…

    Definitely, the rear-view mirror can only fog up your vision and create doubts, although it does contain lessons to be learned too!

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