Denise pointed me to this extract from Chris Lowney’s Heroic Living and I thought I’d share it with you:
A mentor once told me that the best thing to happen in his career was botching the first major decision he faced. The best thing? Yes, he said. Life went on, he picked himself up, he survived, and he learned that we can often correct mistakes and that life frequently offers second and third chances—not always chances to undo past mistakes but chances to do other good things. So, from that time, he was never afraid to make a decision and never afraid to take personal risk. He lived proactively and modeled a world-loving, world-embracing attitude.
We can’t fulfill our purpose in the world without taking risk and making choices. Our purpose, vision, and values may be our enduring beacons through life, the “port to which we are sailing,” as Seneca put it. But our talents, circumstances, resources, and interests will all change through life, as will the world we live in.
In fact, our choices are the only bridge between where we stand now and the port to which we want to head. Choices are the only path from the civilization we’ve inherited to the civilization we aspire to create.
Joining the Jesuits was definitely the biggest risk I ever took and, so far, it has worked out amazingly well. Going to Japan was another and, even though I didn’t stay there, I’m so glad that I spent those years in another culture.
What are the biggest chances you’ve taken? Have they worked out well for you?