A lot of the horrible situations we get ourselves into in life can probably be avoided. I say ‘probably’ as some situations are unavoidable and are part of our inevitable refining process.

Sometimes in life we feel that we’re above going through certain situations. We go along life saying statements such as ‘Boy, that’ll never happen to me because my parents never brought up an idiot’ and we look at others situations and say ‘How can you not see that’s a bad decision’ and well, the list goes on. What we fail to realise is that when a situation that will most likely lead to a destructive outcome arises, by the time realisation hits you, you’re more than likely already in it.

You’ve missed all the signs and red flashing lights that screamed at you on the path to this ill decision. You became blinded by emotion or experienced some sort of tunnel vision. Either way you failed to look at the bigger picture, which tends to show something is wrong. To keep us oblivious to the situation at hand, we focus on that one small glimmer of hope in a situation and hold and hone onto that as a reason why it can’t be all that bad.

If you see a red flag, stop (and if you have the strength…run).

A lot of people say they need to make the mistake in order to learn, but it’s not every day learn the hard way. We must all realise that some mistakes or bad choices have costly effects and some of us need to start saving and stop spending our emotions.

No one is perfect, no one makes the right decision all of the time. But you are truly insulting your own intelligence when you know something isn’t right but you refuse to acknowledge it. Easier said than done, I know, but if you are in a situation like such I’ve planted the seed for thought so HA!! – no avoiding this red flag.

Remember:  “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?” Isaac Asimov


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