I've been thinking a lot about choices lately, and how they affect the course of our lives, for better or worse.
Somebody really close to me said once, "You can do anything you want in life - you just can't do everything."
So true. So true.
And my internet buddy Chris Brogan said in his Twitter today, "The enemy of the great is the good. What are we doing right now to sacrifice the great?"
Something I had heard before... Phrased differently.
The concept being that life is good.
When life is good, there's risk involved with possibly sacrificing it for what we imagine to be great; because we know how grateful we are for what we currently have.
So many people say things like, "the grass is always greener" or "you don't know what you have, until it's gone."
And it scares me.
Then I think of my friend Ian MacDonald who says, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"
Afraid to sacrifice the good for the great...
So this Independence Day, I'd like to show graditude to the men and women who made it possible for me to live a good life; and say thank you to the people that taught me that it's ok to go after a great one.
Because in not choosing, we are still making a choice.
And it's better to try and fail, than to never try at all.