Decisions can leave you in a dichotomous situation. They can pose themselves as simple but difficult, quick but with lasting effect and hard but beneficial. The older I get the more decisions I’ve had to make that have held a significant amount of weight.
I would say overall I’m quite a decisive person, I know what I like and I know what I want, but as of recent I’ve been hit with decisions that have left me to question my ability to decide.
Sometimes a decision made will present itself as a step back, it wont make sense to those around you and will often leave you second guessing yourself. In life, certain decisions you make will seemingly send you back before you can go forward. It seems counter-intuitive right?
Think of a bow an arrow, an arrow can only be shot by being pulled tautly backwards and by doing this allows itself to be launched even further, all with focus and aim. Imagine you’re 40 years old and working a good job, but to reach a senior position and a higher pay grade in your role you must have a Masters degree. Here, progressing entails taking a step-back into the world of education (that you were oh so excited to leave) and studying for a year or two, to be propelled into higher levels of management. Now, in everyone else’s eyes but yours, this is a definite step back. Some may say, ‘let that dream go!’ or ‘you’re too old to be making such changes!’ to even ‘you have financial responsibilities, how do you plan on being a struggling student again?’Or they’ll quite simply just look at you like this:
Your decision will not make sense to the masses, but the impression on your heart has confirmed that this is the right thing for you. The future effect of such a decision reflects a true blessing in disguise.
A step back is truly what you make it.
It is not always the lesser of the two options, it will look like a setback to others but it’s the necessary step to make in your path to success. Look at it more as a realignment. Do what you ought to do, not what makes sense to others.
Remember: “Sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step back. But step back too far and you aren’t fighting at all.” – Morgan Freeman
“Don’t, enemy, crow over me. I’m down, but I’m not out. I’m sitting in the dark right now, but God is my light.” Micah 7:8 (MSG)