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“If only I…”
Sitting before a photograph I just framed of Cedar Falls,
A thought came as I was completing the framing.
A thought that has tricked me frequently.
“If only I finish this one of the falls,
then I’ll get this sense of satisfaction.”
But no satisfaction yet.
Must be that same voice who comes back.
“But you have that unfinished framing over there.
When you finish that one,
then you will feel that sense of accomplishment.”
But no. That voice comes back.
“You’ve left several images
in the PC you haven’t finished editing.
Open that last one and see how quickly you can finish it.”
Voice again: “It won’t take a moment at all to print and
Then you will feel real satisfaction.”
The printer works just fine.
That voice again.
“Now that you’ve printed it,
you can see several places you missed.
Just take another minute to fix them and print it.”
This took a lot longer than a minute.
I could have stopped at the end of the first framing and said
not another word.
When a decision is difficult.
How could these many vivid colors be a metaphor of your life?
Every leaf is glorious in color.
There is no “best” or “most important player” or a “winner” for “best of show.”
Sometimes a decision is difficult because every choice is a good choice, like this image?
Our agony and complaining may be because we have so many good choices.
Wisdom Teacher from Nazareth once asked rhetorically, “Do you begrudge my generosity?
A decision where every choice is a good one, is our decision, isn’t it?
We could see our agony so differently, when we lay aside our complaint and
see the generosity that surrounds us.
We might rise above ourselves like a hot air balloon and see so much generosity filling our lives.
Sometimes a decision is difficult because every choice is good.