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I originally wrote this 8 years ago.  Honestly, I’d forgotten about it.  And then, it popped up on my Facebook “memories” over the weekend.

My first thought was, “Wow, Pinterest has been in our social consciousness for 8 years?!”

My second?  “This is as true today as it was then.”

I hope you enjoy and take it to heart.

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I don’t know if you’ve gotten involved with Pinterest yet, but if you are social media savvy…I bet you soon will-and I warn you, it’s kind of addictive. I’m not going to explain it to you here, but you’ll find it a very vast resource for just about anything that interests you in your life and the lives of friends and family.

Anyway, as I was scanning through Pinterest this morning, I came across this statement posted on a high school acquaintance’s board:

“Sometimes the wrong choices lead us to the right places.”

At first I thought, that’s not right. However, it stayed in the back of my mind as I was preparing for the show today. There’s a difference between making “bad” choices and making what are perceived as “wrong” choices at the time.

When I was in college, if you were dating at the time of graduation, it was thought that you either got married or broke up. Well, I didn’t want to stop seeing her, so…we got engaged. Big mistake…HUGE! She was a great girl, but her family never liked me, wanted me to give up my dreams and take a “son-in-law job.” I never would have been happy. AND…I never would have married Debbie, and had this amazing life we share. BUT, at the time, everyone thought it was wrong for me to break an engagement a couple of months shy of the wedding; and it was wrong for me to break her heart like that.

In late 2000, we left what is a RARE thing in our business…a job that was about as safe as it gets-in Augusta, Georgia. Beware of chasing greener grass-especially the kind you can deposit. It has a tendency to mask SERIOUS problems under the surface. For four years we worked our tails off in an awful situation for people who cared for us and our career like you cared for that styrofoam coffee cup you just tossed. I tortured myself for a long time for making that “wrong” decision. BUT, that decision taught me humility, taught me to care more for the right things than for “stuff,” and led us here-to the QC-to the most fun we’ve had on the radio-ever-
working for and with people we call family.

“Sometimes the wrong choices lead us to the right places.”

Think about the “wrong” decisions in your life you’ve yet to forgive yourself for. Now, think about the good to great that actually came about BECAUSE of those “wrong” decisions. And let the guilt go.

“Sometimes the wrong choices lead us to the right places.”

Profundity on Pinterest…who knew?

And that’s something you can hang your hat on.