Have you ever been glad that you did something, but also sorry that you didn’t do more?
Let me share a fable with you that I read a few months ago.
A man was riding a horse across the country side in the darkness of the night. As he came to a dried out river bed he heard a voice calling to him.
“Stop and get off the horse. Go down to the river bed and pick up a handful of pebbles. Put them in your pocket.”
Then the voice told him, “In the morning you will be both glad and sorry.”
At first he hesitated then decided to go ahead and do what the voice told him. He picked up the pebbles and put them in his pocket and rode on. The next morning he pulled the pebbles out of his pocket and to his surprise they were not pebbles but beautiful precious stones.
He was glad that he had obeyed the voice, and he was sorry that he had not picked up more than just a handful of pebbles.
This fable made me think about the many times in my life I had decided to do something differently and how that decision effected my life.
Picking up the pebbles is like paying attention and having an open mind. Being willing to listen and learn to what can be words of wisdom, which at times may seem worthless. Who knows when that advice will turn into precious stones like the pebbles?
“If only I had.”
Many times in my life I didn’t take the advice given to me, only to be sorry later on.
Usually it was because I only saw the negative side of things and I put it into the ‘too hard basket.’ At that time I only saw the worthless pebbles.
People come up with new ideas all the time, occasionally one of these ideas appeals to us. We see ourselves doing this particular thing, and the more we think about it the more appealing it becomes.
I learnt to take time to think about what was important to me and to look at situations that cropped up how they may be improve my way of living.
In many cases we do one of two things:
- We tell our friends and family about it, and ask their opinion.
If we get a negative response, we tend to let it die a natural death.
- We seek professional advice on what doing it would entail.
We then consider how it will impact on our life and if we are willing to put the effort into it.
We make a decision on what we should do, regardless of which one of the two cases we have chosen.
The first case may lead to regret later on as it was swayed by the opinions of others.
The second case may or may not turn out to be successful but you checked it out carefully and gave it a lot of thought, but it was your decision to run with it or not.
Then one can say I am glad I checked it out thoroughly. I’m sorry it didn’t work out the way I wanted it too, but I gave it my best shot.
Then we move onto the next exciting thing this life has to offer.