I don’t know about the rest of you but one of the hardest things I’ve ever encountered is watching someone I care about hurt themselves. I don’t think I need to go in to details here because it can apply to all of us in so many different ways. It’s at times like this that we, I, really learn how powerless we are. Stop and think how many times in your life time you have watched someone make a decision that you think… what the hell?
Simple decisions. When my daughter would go to DQ with us and order a Mint Oreo Blizzard it would freak me out. I mean, why? Why, when she could have a Caramel Chip Cheesequake Blizzard! What a ridiculous choice she made. Okay, it didn’t really freak me out. Oh all right! It did, a little. What I’m trying to point out is that if little decisions others make cause us to wonder about their taste…. Take that leap in to the more serious aspects of life.
How many times have you seen someone you like, care about, or love-make decisions that you know are not good for them. Decisions that hurt that person, and they can’t even see the self harm they are doing. Or they do see it and they don’t care. Or they do care but are powerless to make better decisions.
Sure we all make decisions that make others cringe.
But sometimes people make decisions that break our, my, heart. And I am powerless to protect them, from themselves.
I can’t make decisions for others. I know that. And no, I don’t think I always know the right answer, the better decision. But sometimes…. well, sometimes, I do know that there are other ways to go. Less painful ways. Less harmful ways.
I don’t even really know why I’m writing this. I guess I could have said it in a much more succinct manner:
My heart breaks when you decide your life is not more valuable than the path you have chosen for it.
Your choices are a struggle for many. You are not alone.