Growth and Painful Decisions



Written by  Tino Hernandez


“Because no matter what they say, you always have a choice. You just don’t always have the guts to make it.”

― Ray N. Kuili, Awakening-

February 24, 2017-

Good golly!  Just the opening quote and the photo of the little boy in deep thought over where to use his only quarter would be enough to get the point across, but you know me better than that by now and I’m not going to let well enough alone.  Let’s elaborate otherwise I’m not staying true to the stated purpose of this blog.

I was thinking about something that Forest Gump once said. If you recall the movie Forest Gump you might remember the scene where Forest states that life is like a box of chocolates.  Seriously?  I think that life can be more like a box of rocks!

If you want to be out of shape and unhealthy, then there really isn’t much effort you have to expend to be in such a state.  If on the other hand, you want to be healthy then that will require some effort, some thought, and some choices.

If you want to achieve an advanced degree, that too will require effort, thought, and choice. It is not going to happen without many hours of study and lectures.

We all love Forest Gump, and we don’t want to disparage or vilify our little friend, but as we rummage through this box of rocks, it takes effort, thought, and choice to find the chocolates in the mix.  Forest is correct in alluding to the chocolates in life, but they’re not going to appear like magic just because you were born.

We all want to do away with the rocks and get to the chocolates, and as I have said a few times already, that is going to take effort, thought, and choice.  Sometimes making a decision takes guts.  Sometimes those choices press us beyond our idea of what is acceptable within the parameters we have set forth for ourselves to live by.  I am not talking about doing the illegal or immoral, but to really question the limits that we have placed on ourselves.

We will never reach our goals or change our lives if we fear to make the choices that we know we need to make.  It may be uncomfortable once we step forward and make that decision but I don’t think I need to tell you that growth can be painful.

Tino Hernandez




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