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May 11


in one lifetime we have to make so many decisions. some big. many small. from the minute we wake up, we begin making a series of decisions. even getting out of bed, is a decision.

some decisions seen insignificant but end up being potent and even catastrophic. you hear the autopsies of these decisions in hushed tones when untimely deaths occur. swimming pool gates left unlocked, and drivers deciding they were sober enough, and seat belts left unbuckled.

ultimately, every one of our decisions shape us in some minor or major way. our choices may take us down roads we didn’t think we’d ever venture down, or lead us on paths that we are all too familiar with. regardless, our decisions always have implications.

and i know this isn’t new or novel. it’s a timeless process. as long as there have been humans, there have been decisions to make.

but lately it’s what goes into the making of the decisions that fascinates me. the cocktail of history, fear, certainty, hope, and faith that blends together and determines what’s next. i’m interested in the catalysts for spontaneous decisions and those rare moments when the noisy head takes a backseat to the heart. and as i’m becoming more aware that we are the decisions we make, i’m becoming more selective. more intentional. less haphazard.

last week i learned about a man who wrote his own obituary. as i read his ‘final post’ it reminded me how ephemeral this life is. there are no guarantees, no promises of tomorrow. we all just have now. at this very moment my heart is beating, and so is yours.

and i believe it’s so very important to make those beats count.

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6 comments on “decisions.”

  1. viv @ the eclectic life Says:

    Gorgeous post. You know, I’ve been having the same conversations with my husband that were sparked after Japan’s earthquake. We assume 10, 20 or 50 years from now we’ll have a home, security, the basic necessities of life. But there’s no certainty in our lives. Hope and faith are so necessary to understand that life is more meaningful than the things we think we need to survive happily. I’m saying this and I totally don’t know how to grasp it, but this post is certainly a beautiful reminder of where to begin.

  2. Dan0 Says:

    I needed to read this today, thank you very much.

  3. Mallory Says:

    This is so relevant to my life right now. Combined with this –


    There are so many things I want to do / accomplish, but I basically go out of my way to avoid attempting them. Instead of making decisions as far as those goals go, I’m just dodging making any decisions at all. That needs to end. Soon.

  4. christina Says:

    I love this, so much. Thanks for writing it.

  5. molly Says:

    hey golriz, beautiful post.
    check out radiolab’s “moments”, fits nicely right in here…

  6. Kelli Says:

    This was beautiful! As always, what you write leaves me thinking and inspires me!

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