Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Everyone makes them.

It could be as simple as trying to decide to add cream to your coffee, or drink it black, or use the Fat-Free half-and-half for 0 WW PPV (Weight Watcher Points Plus Value).

Or it could be deciding to hold the door open for an older person, or letting it slam in the face of someone when it could take less than two seconds to hold it open until they could take it from you.

Or it could be the decision to move a thousand miles away from the familiar, family and friends.

Or it could be the decision to stand up for a cause, or for someone being bullied, and risk ridicule or even getting beat up.

We all make decisions. Sometimes we know the consequence of our decision within minutes.
--Boy, that coffee with cream really hit the spot today--

Or it might be months or years before we find out if our decision was good or bad.

Or it could be NEVER. Sometimes we don't even realize how impactful something we did for someone else might be to the other person.

If you didn't know the consequence of an action, would you still make that particular decision?

How does each decision reflect into the person you are?

Every choice we make becomes a reflection of who we are as a human, our compassion and empathy for others.

The same goes for characters in a story. Characters must face challenges. They must make decisions, good or bad. They must suffer the consequences of their actions.

Even bad decisions have good results, if we choose to learn from them.

The same goes for characters in our stories. Let your characters make poor, uniformed choices. Let them fly off the handle and draw the wrong conclusions. That's what characters do. But please, please, please let them learn from their mistakes

. . . just like you would.

Later, Peeps!


Marilyn said...

I've always been fascinated by the ways we affect other people's lives without being aware of it. Like "It's a Wonderful Life," where they examine how differently everything would have been if George had never been born. His impact wasn't just local, with family and friends, but global (because he'd saved Harry from dying, years later Harry was able to save a ship full of troops from dying).

It's a cool thing.

MAGolla said...

It is interesting, providing tons of 'what if' into the equations.

You never know how you or your choices effect those around you, and it's better to think about the consequences a little first instead of jumping off the cliff!

Jody Werner said...

So happy to see you blogging about writing again. It's the reason I initially began following your blog. I learn so much. Welcome back, please keep sharing your writing wisdoms.

MAGolla said...

You know how it is with writing, Jods. Sometimes it's there and sometimes it isn't. There are so many other writers--most of them are more succinct than I-- who blog about writing that I'm just one of the many.

Jody Werner said...

I like your style, though. Everybody has a different way of imparting wisdom, and yours works for me. Plus I know you and trust your knowledge and judgment. That means a lot.
It's not our job to know how our words of wisdom and knowledge might help somebody else. But it is our job to offer them up for whatever the universe sees fit to do with them. So thanks.

MAGolla said...

Thank you, Jody.