“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
-Ancient Iroquois Maxim
We make decisions all the time. Some are simplistic ones while others are much more complex. And as we all know the decisions that we make often times do not only affect us but others as well at home and in our line of work. Today’s quote reminds us that the impact of our decisions could impact many generations to come. This impact can have either positive or negative consequences.
The question is do our decisions come from long careful considerations or discussions or are they made up of mostly last second ones? Now there are times when we aren’t able to take the time necessary and that is understandable. The only thing we can is try to do is anticipate what those type of decisions maybe. An example fo this could be when it comes to hospital or burial decisions for a loved one, a morbid topic but one that I believe is necessary. My parents never had a discussion about this because my Dad never wanted to talk about it and when he passed away unexpectedly, she had not idea what to do and was worried that her decision would be the wrong one since they had never had that conversation. I knew then and there I never wanted want my wife or myself to have to make this decision on our own so we already know what to do.
Other family examples are one’s about deciding on how to handle things financially as a couple or how the children will be raised once you have them. Business examples include ones where decisions are needed on what to do in order to increase the revenue of the company or if it is the start of a new company what the vision/purpose is and what their goals will be in order to achieve that vision or purpose. In both family and business, if these deliberations never happen beforehand with some sort of plan or direction in mind and where both sides are on the same page, this can lead to a lot of unnecessary stress. This lack of planning can affect the future of a marriage or business which can also affect others if children are in involved or hundreds of employees and their families. So my advice, plan ahead.
This is not only a quote about collaboration with others but there are times when we have to make individual decisions ourselves that can affect future generations. This can be making decisions on a career, where to go to college or where to live once you become an adult. Or there are ones where if you were verbally or physically abused by someone in your family you have that individual choice to decide if that stops with you or you continue that trend within your own family. Decisions overall are not easy and that’s why with each one we make, we need to try and have the foresight and withitness as to how they make affect future generations to come. We owe them that much.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?