I made decisions in my life and the results of those decisions picked me.
I made choices in my life and the results or those choices picked me.
Our lives are full of choices and decisions and with these come outcomes, results and consequences. When my sons were younger and at the age of making their own decisions I would guide them but never make their decisions for them. I would remind them before you do anything, stop and think about the outcomes of your actions. What could the results be? Think about the consequences. My sons grew into young men and yes, there were some unexpected incidents as a result of their decisions and choices; but today they are men living their lives and making good decisions and good choices.
As they have made decisions and lived with the outcomes, the results and consequences, so have I. I made decisions in my life to smoke and then to stop and start again and stop only to start again. The smoking picked me with regards to giving me bladder cancer. Yes, I did think about the consequences of my actions, but made the decision anyway.
I made decisions in my life to leave bad relationships and I felt the results would be beneficial to me. The consequence of this decision was that it led me to my husband – this man, my husband picked me.
dictionary.com has this definition for cause and effect –
- noting a relationship between actions or events such that one or more are the result of the other or others.
yourdictionary.com has the following examples of cause and effect –
- We received seven inches of rain in four hours. – The underpass was flooded.
- I never brush my teeth. – I have 5 cavities.
- The streets were snow-packed and icy. – Cars needed more time to stop.
- He broke his arm. – The doctor put it in a cast.
- The boss was busy. – Her secretary took a message.
Is it cause and effect or decisions that lead to choices? If I create a cause, does that in turn have an effect? Well sure it does, all causes have an effect. If I make a decision, does that in turn have a choice? You see the decisions I have made in my life brought choices, not just choices offered to me, but choices offered to other people.
Many years ago I left a bad relationship and started over. This led me to taking a temp job. The company choose to hire me fulltime and the job lasted over 10 years. That job led me to other opportunities and the consequence of leaving that job provided outcomes that brought me here today. That one decision – that cause – had many effects – that resulted in many outcomes – that resulted in choices.
We make many decisions and those lead to outcomes, results and consequences. Those outcomes, results and consequences may in themselves have a cause and effect. Our decisions create choices; cause and effect – with the outcome that something or someone chooses us.