Uhm, they’re not the same thing? Nope. Nadda friend. Some times what is good is not what is best for you. Well, I sure dropped the point rather fast, didn’t I? Let us consider a few things, shall we?
That chocolate cake on the counter sure is good. Taking a slice right now and devouring it would sure feel pretty great. The texture, the flavor, the way it feels going down your throat. It really is good, isn’t it? Is it what it best for you?
That glass of wine (insert any alcoholic beverage here) is calling. The coolness coating your lips. The deep refined flavor bursting in your mouth. The way it smoothly runs down as you swallow. The way it helps relax you after you’ve finished the glass or two. It sure was good. Was it the best for you?
One mile down and you grab the towel. It is enough to just go for a little and stop, right? I got my workout in. I moved. Sure, it was good. It is good to move even a little. However, was it the best? Was that the best that you could do? Was that the most you could move? Did you really push yourself?
You send someone a quick text. “Hey, just thinking about you.” Then you continue about your busy life making no real connection. Is that good enough? Sure, it can be. Is it the best way though?
You’re cleaning the floor. It looks visibly clean and you’re tired, so you stop and put everything away. Okay, sure, that was good right? You did it, at least? Was it the best, though?
Good is not always best. Now that you have a few ideas floating around in your mind I’m certain you can come up a few of your own examples. Just because something is good at the moment doesn’t make it the best choice for your life. This applies in all aspects ranging from emotional, physical, spiritual, and everywhere in between.
I know what you’re thinking… “How do I know what is BEST for me in the moment?” That part really is the tricky bit. The future is a general mystery for us. We can take educated guesses. They may even often come true! However, there is no guarantee of this and so we continue down the road of questions. Should I do this, should I do that. Is this correct, or that? When should I stop and when should I start? The red pill or the blue pill? Part of the great fun of life is that it is a mystery and we don’t know what is coming. No matter how many nerves get frayed in the end we do prefer to not know.
How does that help? Indirectly. Understanding that in the fleeting moments we may want to know, but in the long run its better if we don’t can help aid us in making the best choices instead of just the good ones. You say whaaaaat? By not knowing what is going to happen and not being reassured by the choices that we make in the moment we’re allowing ourselves to grow and learn. Even if the choice we make isn’t the best one we’ve learned something. More than something! We have usually learned a great deal, in fact. Can you think of a moment where you didn’t make the best choice in the long run and instead learned countless life lessons? That’s right, I knew it. The beauty in this fact is that we can rest knowing that we’ve learned from it and we can move forward. Never be afraid to make a choice. Especially when you’re unsure of which one to make.
Some times we can tell when the best choice is staring us in the face, though. You know when you should just clean the floor all of the way, when you shouldn’t eat the chocolate cake, when you can push out another mile, when that drink shouldn’t be an option, or when you should spend a little more time on that relationship.
So, what kind of choices are you making in your life? Good ones, or the best ones?
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