We make them every day.
Necktie or polo.
Slacks or skirt.
Left or right.
And the choices we make have an overlying theme to them.
Can I do it.
Is it too tough.
Will my family understand.
Will she say yes.
Will he say no.
We are creatures of free will, endowed with the ability to decide based on rational thought as well as on instinct or situation.
Sometimes the choice is difficult, it takes all of our will power and concentration.
Sometimes the choice is easy, but again it takes all of our will power and concentration to make it.
East or west.
Fork or chopsticks.
Steak or chicken.
Sunscreen or sunblock.
Stone or earth.
As in the picture above.
You can take the path of the earth, the path that has been carved with eons of animals and travelers before you.
You can take the path of the stone, the path carved by those who built the trail that previously didn’t exist.
You can take the path of the earth and be the guide, the one who helps others.
You can take the path of the stone, build that path and be the one who helps others.
To be the one who blazes the trail, to mark the pathway with painted marks or metal badges on trees.
To be the one who encourages, who supports, who assists.
Be the one who volunteers at a place of need.
Be the one who listens when a loved one is in crisis.
Be the one who welcomes home the soldier.
Be the one who welcomes home the wounded.
Be the one who adds to life.
Be the one who stops to help the stranded motorist.
Be the one who drops an extra donation in the prayer box.
Because, honestly, the choice of stone or earth isn’t one of ease.
The people who chose the path of stone built the walkway to assist those, to make their journey easier.
The people who chose the path of earth built their pathway for others who can’t easily traverse on hilly or rocky or rooted ground.
What is your choice?
It isn’t a choice of “will you help someone today.”
It’s a choice of “How will you help someone today.”
Say hello at the gas station to the person pumping gas in the car behind you.
Show up at a volunteer event and ask to do something to help.
Build something beautiful.
Help someone build something beautiful.
Help someone make the world a better place.
Help make the world a better place.
Help make the world better.
Help make the world.
Be the advocate.
Be the ally.
Be the confidant.
Be the assistance.
Build the path of stone.
Clear the path of earth.
Whatever choice you make – whether of stone or of earth…
Make that choice today.
And make it tomorrow.