When confronted with a difficult decision, many Catholics I know, and other Christians for that matter, tend to respond with the standard “I’ll need to pray about it.” While certainly admirable from both a faith and a spiritual standpoint, it has become such a standard response that it comes across as nothing but a socially acceptable method of making no decision.

Days, weeks, and months go by with unresolved situations and choices. Continuing indecision and hiding behind a spiritual smoke screen will not lead to different results. The modern definition of insanity is to “continue doing what you’ve always done and yet expect different results.”

The older I get, the more I realize that regrets are based more on what I didn’t do, as opposed to things I did and wished I hadn’t.

Hiding behind faith due to fear of failure is inexcusable. Living with regret of inaction is indefensible. What has been missed by not taking action? Recognize that even making no decision is a decision. Make a choice. Take action. Fail small, fail fast. Get back up and do it again.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.




– Mark Twain




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