Just a Drive Up the Hill
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johnchangjust a man discovering his superpowers
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Just a Drive Up the Hill

by johnchang

Waiting for the laundry to dry..

A street woman, her kids and a dog asked me for a ride.

A bit concerned I let the ragtag bunch in..

Watching them getting into my nice clean car

Up the hill we went

While it felt good to do something to help..

I couldn't help but wonder

Was I really making a difference?

Or just putting a band-aid on an open wound?

Meanwhile I realized..

That I had left my friend at the laundry mat

Rushing back, it was too late..

He had already walked home.

Who do we help? How do we decide?

I wish the answer was easy.

But in the end it's up to each of us..

To choose our journeys

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a year agoReply
@therinamartins - y, that's exactly it. Each day, each moment we face little decisions - do this, or do that.. Sometimes the choices are more straightforward - help a friend, or not. DONE. But many times it's less clear, because seeing the "butterfly effect" of our small decisions is much harder. This one turned out to be relatively "harmless" - no real harm, no foul.. My friend shrugged off that he couldn't find me for the ride back home. I was actually less happy about it and felt that I left him stranded. “Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” - Lao Tzu

johnchangBronze Commajust a man discovering his superpowers
a year agoReply
Thanks, @bernardtwindwil - always appreciate your encouragement!

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
You did a great job getting your conundrum in these verses.

lentisSilver CommaIf there's food, there's me
a year agoReply
hmmm this is really interesting :O

therinamartinsSilver CommaWriter and Friend
a year agoReply
@johnchang , I have to agree with @anominous , I believe that it is your decisions that can define what comes with the consequences. But I also see that sometimes you do have to choose in staying with what you were doing there in the first place. We get so pulled away with helping others, we forget the main point why we were there. It's not a bad thing that you helped, but if you stopped helping your friend (who you promised you would help), to help someone you didn't promise to help, you end up breaking your word, and ultimately your reputation. Those are my thoughts.

a year agoReply
@johnchang Nope your correct about life isn't always about making right decisions.

johnchangBronze Commajust a man discovering his superpowers
a year agoReply
Thanks @anominous - my point wasn't that I made the "right" decision. I think in life there are just choices that we make - some may be better than others. But in the end, as Steve Jobs says, "you can't connect the dots looking forward - you can only connect them looking back"!

a year agoReply
@johnchang This was a really good piece. You choose between being a goid Samaritan or stay with your friend. Sometimes in life we don't all ways know what to do when it comes to making choices. Sometimes, it is your moments in decision, that's shapes your destiny. This is really good