What choices did you make today?  We all makes choices in our lives on a daily if not hourly basis and most of those choices then challenge us to either do the right or wrong thing which will ultimately affect outcomes of our lives.

This weekend I made a number of choices, one of those was to MC a fundraiser for good friends of mine Mark and Brenda, we were trying to raise money to buy an accessible van so that we can get Mark out of the house and back into the world.   It was definitely a challenge to make sure I had the event running smoothly and on time, but also a challenge to help the committee who had put the night together to get people to dig deep into their pockets to raise much needed money.  It was a wonderful night, not without some hiccups, but what event doesn’t have it’s hiccups.  I don’t believe that most people attending would have noticed but I am usually more critical on myself so I did notice them.

I also made a choice to do some costume changes, something that I have never done before!  You see it was a Beach Theme, I must say not a great theme for the cold weather we are having right now, but thought I as MC better go with the flow.  What I didn’t know was that a majority of people where smart and wore warm clothing!  But not me, my first outfit was my “going to the beach” outfit, sunshirt and 3/4 pants with crocks on my feet.  My second change was my “at the beach” outfit, a bathing suit with sarong around my waist and crocks (that was extremely a cold decision).  My third change was my “going home” outfit, just t-shirt and 3/4 pants, again with my crocks.  I must say that the choice I made to wear a bathing suit was certainly a challenge!  But I think that the outcome far outways the slight embarrassment I had standing on a stage in front of everyone.  I had made the choice to really get into the theme and I am hoping that it helped.  The night was fabulous and I am hoping that a large amount of money was raised!

At the end of the night from L - Brenda, Mark and Carol

At the end of the night from L – Brenda, Mark and Carol

The other choice I made this weekend was to race the Blackburn CC Time Trial this morning, even though I knew I would have a late night last night at the fundraiser.  This morning it certainly was a challenge, first getting up after only about 5 hours sleep, second it was bloody cold out there and the wind was probably the biggest challenge but the outcome was great.  I achieved my first podium finish in this event.  It was with able bodied athletes, mind you I do race with the kids and I think I had a bit of an advantage with the cold and wind!  But hey, a 3rd place is a 3rd place and it won me my race entry back, so I’m not going to complain.

If things hadn’t gone so well today it would have been my fault due to the choices that I made.  It would have been no one else’s fault, just my own.  Sometimes when the choices we make don’t work out we want to blame something or someone else.  But our choices have consequences and we have to learn to accept that some of those consequences are good and some are bad.  So next time you have to make a choice, make sure you way up the consequences and possible outcomes because sometimes they  will not be what you want.

Our choices are made in every word, moment, thought and action we take.  Last night and today my choices worked out and tomorrow I know that there will be more choices to make.  If they don’t work out then the only one at fault will be me.

“The life you live right now is a result of the choices you have made in the  past. Be aware of your choices every day. Take control of your life with the  choices you make, especially the “little” ones.” Ralph Marston

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Brenda fisher 21/07/2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

    You are such an inspirational friend, thank you for sharing, we are so lucky to have chosen you xx

    • CarolC 21/07/2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

      No I think it is I who was lucky that you wanted me to MC the night!

  2. Tina McCarthy 21/07/2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

    FREEZING today…maybe my choice would have been to not go, but at the end of the ride, 9 women had ridden about 70km. That is amazing and nice to know I was there to see it, even if I froze my ass off.

    • CarolC 21/07/2013 at 10:19 am - Reply

      See you are now becoming an amazing rider and not just a fair weather rider!! Well done to all of you!

  3. Marjorie Jenkins 21/07/2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Great post, Carol & certainly lots of food for thought.
    Love, Aunt Marjorie

    • CarolC 21/07/2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Aunt M!

  4. Maureen Kear 22/07/2013 at 4:17 am - Reply

    It was an absolute pleasure to meet you Carol – you did a fantastic job for King Mark, Brenda and family and you were so fun to work with. The total amount raised with your fabulous surprise was $14,059.90. So thank you so much for your wonderful contribution – yes, the night ran right on time to the Run Sheet, so thank you again for that. You can be pretty sure you might just find yourself wending your way over our way again to join us for one of our other many events! xox Event Liaison- Maureen Kear

    • CarolC 22/07/2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Maureen. It was wonderful to meet all of you and so many people so supportive of Mark and Brenda. They are certainly an amazing couple and I was more than happy to help out any way I could. The amount is fantastic! Congratulations to all who helped make it happen!
      Cheers Carol

  5. StephanieB 22/07/2013 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Was really good to meet you at the Wheel Women function last Friday. You are truly an inspiration & a breath of fresh air….
    Hope to catch you on a ride

    • CarolC 22/07/2013 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Thanks Stephanie, hopefully I will be out riding with you guys soon!

  6. Tina 23/07/2013 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Thank you for the inspiration! As always!!! Looks like it was a successful night! Swimsuit? Not just inspirational, but crazy 😉

    • CarolC 25/07/2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Yes I felt pretty crazy!!! Not really sure what got into me.

  7. Cindy Banks 23/07/2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Sis,
    Glad you had a great night. In terms of choices – personally I have to stay away from words like ‘right or wrong,’ ‘good or bad’ because they stress me out. I do what I think is the most appropriate thing (for myself and others) and let go of, or try to not be attached to any outcome. Some things that appear bad or wrong, end up being the best things to happen in my life…and vice versa.
    Ha, sometimes I think it’s a crap shoot – as long as I’m kind to myself and others.
    That’s my food for thought!
    Love you,
    Cindy

    • CarolC 25/07/2013 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Yes sometimes the worst things that we think are the worst are actually the best! And your shoots are always great! Love you too and am looking forward to seeing you really soon!

  8. Phyllis Banks 26/07/2013 at 12:27 am - Reply

    Well, I had better make a choice to ride my bike soon or the summer will be over and the bike will be stored away for the winter.
    I know the best two choices I make each week is to swim and walk as much as I can. This is how I cope with the little problems of each day, so I feel I have my life in control.
    Love you,
    Mom

    • CarolC 27/07/2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      You had better get it out and ready to ride when I get there!
      Love you Carol xx

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