Chain Reactions

dominoesI saw a video online the other day – shocker, I know – that showed a person setting up dominoes. The blurb at the bottom said it took this person 25 hours over the course of 8 days to construct this sculpture, if you will.

Now that’s not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things considering most people spend more time than that just looking at videos and posts online. At least this person was actually building something. You know, being productive.

Unlike me, who watched the video all the way to the end just to watch how the dominoes would fall. Looking back on it now I’m wondering if what I really wanted was to see if one of them would fall badly and screw the whole thing up.

But then I started thinking about chain reactions and how one seemingly insignificant decision can change our course for the rest of our lives and even our children’s lives. Unless we’re in the habit of reflection and analysis it’s very easy to start believing that circumstances just “happen” and we are victims of bad luck, but in reality we’ve made decisions that set a domino or two slightly off.

And that’s all it would take – a domino (decision) or two to set off a chain reaction of pain and heartache and misery. The good news is that the opposite is true as well. All it takes is one or two decisions to turn things around again. It will take time, but it is possible.

Maybe that’s the point…

  • Build a good foundation
  • Analyse where recent decisions have brought you and make adjustments as necessary
  • Start making decisions based upon where you want to end up instead of where you are at the moment
  • Learn from past decisions that didn’t work out for the best
  • Be patient while you’re waiting for the chain reactions to start taking you in a better direction
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