Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Road Not Taken

with apologies to R. Frost
I think there must be an alternate universe in which people make other choices than the ones that Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. Not all of them involve marrying an ax murderer who couldn't have been more charming at first, but everyone must be living with the result of some large or small disaster because of a course of action that proved unwise.

My mother was fond of reminding me that the roads of Hell were paved with good intentions, only she misquoted it as the road TO Hell. Probably because I hadn't arrived there yet. So if unrealized good intentions can damn you for all eternity, flawed actions can probably do it sooner.

If we could figure out the exact mechanism whereby something that clearly is not a good idea seems like the very best of ideas before we do it, perhaps then we could find the Rosetta Stone of bad choices in order to avert them in the future. It's worth a try.

If you could go back and undo even one of those life-changing decisions that proved NOT to be such a good idea, what would it be? And where would you be now instead?

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