Charles Robert Lindholm – The Reluctant Poet
The sad truth is that we don’t always make the right choices or do what we know is best for us! I think we can all “True that”. There are too many examples in our own lives and all around us. We know, deep in our hearts what the right choices were or are and yet so often it hasn’t mattered.
With a flippant disregard for the truth and the facts or a serious and profound contemplation of the consequences and devastation that may ensue, we still make choices that haven’t been the best for us.
Some, but not many were for the betterment of others. A knowing sacrifice, a kind gesture or other noble and loving motivation may cause us to choose against our own self interest. Those times in life can be the best in our lifetime. But honestly, most times, well you know! We could have or should have made a different choice.
Sometimes we look back and wonder, “how did I end up here, in this situation?” Some huge choices stand out and we know the answer, while other tiny and seemingly insignificant or repeated ones hide in the shadows of our mind and memory. Some of us suppress the subtle urge to look in the shadows because we don’t like what we see and the way it makes us feel. We respond with the resignation of, “Oh well, it’s too late to change things now!” or with regret but no decision to change or improve or act in the time that is today.
Life is so busy and things have moved so fast that we didn’t pay attention to the slight detours we took or we didn’t think they would take us so far off course from the goals and destinations we wanted, or thought we did. We often end up as the person in Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” standing at a fork in the road (a great read if you haven’t read it already!). We are not always able to end up with the contentment and understanding of Frost’s traveler but we can change and improve our today, no matter how long we have neglected or ignored goals and the “disappearing dreams of yesterday” (from Kris Kristofferson’s song “Sunday Morning”, great song).
It is hard to face the question everyday – “What have you done today to make your dreams come true?” and so we usually don’t. Because we haven’t done much if anything. That has been especially true for me in the past but today – December 4, 2016, I am making a small step with this post to move toward my goal, my dream of becoming a “Published Poet” and writer. I hope that you will be interested and curious enough to join me on this journey of discovery of new and enlightening insights, information, entertainment, writings and musings.
Charles Robert Lindholm