Know thy consequences

Dear #classicalmusic fan,

A while back a friend came to the area, unfortunately not for a vacation.

On the one day they had to spare he decided to take his family to the beach (It is Florida, after all. If not here for Disney or Universal, most vacationers come for the beaches, despite there being a really active Arts scene, too). Coming from a forest environment, the children had never been to the beach before, so it was an exciting adventure.

All was well until the beautiful full rainbow appeared behind us.

We took lots of pictures and heard lots of aww-ing at the marvelous sight.

But it meant rain was on its way.

Apart from visiting the beach at possibly the busiest time of the year at the busiest time of the week, my friend didn’t want to leave. His kids were having so much fun and he simply wanted them to enjoy a ‘great day a the beach.’

Showing him a radar map indicating rain was coming our way, and lots of it, eventually we persuaded them to leave, helped by the 50% of the other beach-goers who had already left and another 40% who were hiding under the permanent picnic canopies. It took a while, but we got back to the car and everybody piled in, shivering and with blue lips.

The consequence?

Everyone got a cold.

Even me.

Days of discomfort and annoying coughing and sneezing, and a head stuffed like a water balloon ready to burst.

Today’s lesson, then is this: Remember that every decision you make has a consequence. Figure out as many consequences as you can and assess which one(s) are worth suffering or reaping. You can’t escape consequences, but you can both minimize the negative and maximize the positive impact they have on your life!

Staying on the beach too long in the rain meant that everyone suffered for days afterwards, lost a ton of opportunities for productivity because we couldn’t see straight, and in my opinion, it was all unnecessary. I told my friend that and he agreed.

Next time he’ll listen to The SPB, he said!

Here’s a decision you can make that is likely to have a GREAT consequence:

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