Life has been described as a series of hard choices and difficult decisions and that is accurate, to a degree. If everyone accepted their personal responsibility, their positions and assignments in life many of the hard choices and difficult decisions of others would not be significantly lessened. What we do affects others overtly, covertly, directly and indirectly. None of us are an island and what we do affects others directly and/or indirectly making it imperative that we take full responsibility for our own actions and attitudes.
If parents neglect their responsibility as parents failing to make the hard choices and difficult decisions that come with good parenting, they significantly diminish the prospects of their offspring becoming responsible citizens and parents. I am not saying that a bad parent cannot have good children who become good citizens and parents but I am saying the road to that objective becomes more difficult. If we, as parents, fail to discipline our children we teach them that restraints are bad and it is acceptable to be a law unto themselves. If we, as parents, fail to make the hard choices and difficult decisions giving our children free rein to do or have whatever they desire we teach them an attitude of entitlement and lack of respect for life, value, productivity and others. Parenting is filled with hard choices and difficult decisions but we brought that child into this world and are responsible for their nurturing and preparing them for life. Our choices and decisions may not be popular but necessary and if we are to fulfill our duty we must be willing and capable of making the hard choices and difficult decisions.
If as employers and managers we neglect our responsibility to make the hard choices and difficult decisions we destroy productivity and create a work environment that is conditioned to become incredibly hostile. Many decisions in business cannot be subjected to the democratic process or made solely based on emotion. I have faced times when I had to make the decision to reduce staff and had to evaluate the entire objective and each individual. In a couple of those times I had to release a person that doing so broke my heart because of the personal connection I felt and knowledge of their need. Yet, the hard choice and difficult decision, in the interest of the overall objective had to be made. My decisions, though often difficult, were a part of the package of being an employer or leader. I had a responsibility that went far beyond one person or one family. There were things I could do and did to help those adversely affected by my hard choice and difficult decision but those had to be made.
In government and politics those elected to office should know that accompanying their position is the requirement and responsibility to make hard choices and difficult decisions. When politicians are unwilling to make the hard choices and difficult decisions for fear of losing votes, campaign contributions or network connections for life after politics the entire country suffers. If a politician makes choices based on convenience or popularity they are doing a disservice to those who elected them. If a President or any politician is more concerned about perception and their legacy than achieving the best good for the country they are moral failures although possibly political successes.
Our founding fathers and the colonist had to make hard choices and difficult decisions as 1776 dawned. Their decisions were not always the most popular nor the road of least resistance but if there was to be a Free and Independent Sovereign Nation known as the United States of America they had to stand firm, bite the bullet and pull the trigger and they did. They had to make the incredibly difficult choice between personal security and safety and placing everything on the line in what would have been viewed an almost impossible dream. They had to make the difficult decision to sign their names to the Declaration of Independence knowing that made them marked men and placed their possessions and families in jeopardy should they fail. They demonstrated a requisite in leadership and made the hard choices and difficult decisions that birthed the United States of America. Today, we have politicians who are either incapable or unwilling to do so. Too many make promises to win elections then are quickly assimilated into the DC network and refuse to make the hard choices and difficult decisions America needs and requires to reclaim her former greatness.
That brings us to the bottom line – You and Me. It is incumbent upon us to be willing to make the hard choices and difficult decisions regarding the direction of our nation. Are we willing to take the path of least resistance, sing que sera sera and sit around the proverbial campfire singing kumbaya while our heads are buried in the sand or somewhere? Life is truly a series of hard choices and difficult decisions and if we are to be responsible adults, citizens and patriots we must accept that reality and do that which we know to do. As a Christian my confidence and trust is in God not government and I will continue to pray for my nation and her leaders while I follow the directive of Ecclesiastes 9:10 and do what I find to do with all my might. I am 100% committed to the Restoration of our Constitutional Republic.
God bless you and God bless America!