Two months ago, I moved to a town in CT with an abundance of wildlife. Last weekend on our way to a Tag Sale, because what else do you do on a Saturday morning in the burbs, a squirrel ran into the middle of the road in an attempt to cross the street.
Realizing he had just jumped into the path of an oncoming car, he hesitated, unsure which way to go.
I immediately hit the brakes, coming to a near stand still and said to the squirrel (from inside my car) "C'mon, make a decision little squirrel. Indecision will kill ya!"
I happened to think I was pretty funny. Although I'm pretty sure I was the only one in the car chuckling.
Nonetheless, the moral of this little country tale is that decisiveness is a pretty powerful thing.
No, it doesn't mean that if you're always quick to make a decision you'll never get hurt, or fail or feel like you made the wrong choice and have regret.
But indecision; oh man, indecision can lead to missing out on a whole lot of really meaningful and powerful things.
Indecision may not kill you, but it could certainly kill the quality of your life by keeping you living your life by default, constantly reacting to things that keep happening to you, rather than living your life in the driver's seat, deliberately taking control and setting the conditions for you to reach your goals.
Life feels much scarier and harder when you're sitting in the middle of the street. Not to mention that you hold the power to change anything in your life through every single choice you make.
I think The Universe has a way of not running over the squirrel who acts quickly, with guts and determination.
As we head into July 4th weekend, a time to honor independence and freedom, it's a great opportunity to think about the ways in which you long to feel free and then begin to evaluate if the decisions you're making throughout the day are keeping you stuck or helping to set you free.
Independence Day of the United States, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. If you're tired or frustrated by the way certain things in your life are feeling, maybe it's time you wrote your own Declaration of Independence?
I hereby hold this truth to be self-evident, that you are just as deserving of the pursuit of freedom and happiness as anyone and everyone else.
ps. When my husband was a child, they had a pet squirrel named Squeaky. But that's an entirely different story.
love and light, xx Lori
Questions to Think / Journal On
In what way, specifically are you be standing with great uncertainty in the middle of the street?
How is not making a decision serving you?
What's the cost of not deciding?
What's the potential upside of declaring a way?
How bad do you want to do something about it?
How deserving do you really feel of what may happen as a result of deciding?
"Studies have shown that the most successful people make decisions rapidly because they are clear on their values and what they really want for their lives. The same studies show that they are slow to change their decisions, if at all.
On the other hand, people who fail usually make decisions slowly and change their minds quickly, always bouncing back and forth. Just decide!"
— Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid." - Goethe