Friday, July 25, 2008

Choices and consequences

This morning as the sun rose I was checking the
waves with my dog and a good friend.  As the
2 of us contemplated the waist to stomach high
clean, glassy line-up a neighbor pulled up.  Bob
and I were born a few days apart so in many ways
we have much in common.  One major difference
however were a few key choices we made in our lives.

As I prepared for a session Bob headed to the train
station for his 1 1/2 hour trip to the city to go to work.
You could tell from the look in his eyes and the brief
comments he made that he wished he were us.  

Ron, another dear friend, used to ride the train.  One
day he, like Bob, left the early morning surf check to
make the train.  He wore an expensive suit and drove 
a very expensive car at the time.  Ron decided to make
a change, take a risk and opt for a lifestyle closer to his
heart and passion.  It was tough at first for him to
watch his commuting buddies in their expensive
cars and leather brief cases as he struggled to start
a new business.   Now he wears shorts to work, drive
a car filled with sand, and  surfs the DP whenever there
are waves.  

Lifestyle choices confront us all.  What choices are you
making?  John Lennon once wrote, "Life is what happens
to us when we're busy making other plans".  Choices aren't
easy but we have to deal with their consequences.

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