Monday, March 27, 2006

Roads Not Taken

I took the boys to my parents' house today. The weather was pretty good and my father took the boys out to play a bit - the kids were so happy to see their bikes again! My mother and I stayed inside and had a very nice chat. I was telling her about my pre-cana day on Saturday and we were talking about marriage and second marriages and the challenges inherent with them. She was saying that everyone at some time wonders if they married the right person (my parents were high school sweethearts and have been married for nearly 42 years)! Sometimes, its interesting to fantasize what life might have been like with someone else.

We were also talking about other regrets. No one gets through life without them, no matter how hard you try. It's easy to look back at life and wonder what life might have been if we had made a different decision or taken a different road. But the truth is that we make the best decisions with the information that we have at hand at the time. And then we go on.

In reality, most of us make some mistakes along the way. There are things that most of us would like to wipe away from the record, but often those things are integral to who we are. There is nothing so bad that God can't bring some good out of it. If we pray and do the best we can, and trust in God, He will do the rest. He will take the decisions we make and shape our life into what it is supposed to be.

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