Unsolicited Consequences

MB Text 7-26-2015 (Consequnce)What are consequences and why can they be fatal?

A consequence is something that follows as a result. Consequences can be good or bad, however, it is the relation between a result and its cause. If it is a negative result, it means a previous action resulted in an unpleasant or difficult outcome. There’s one thing about consequences – we all pay them.

Can you recall a time where you’ve personally said or done something for which you felt the consequences were unwarranted? No one ever complains and wonders why good things are happening to them, but most people are usually very confused as to why negative consequences occur. Negative consequences would never materialize without them first being paid for. Every consequence is paid in advance.

Now I believe, there is a cause and effect, and a ripple effect for everything everyone does, and those actions can have positive consequences as well as negative. Everyone has to make their own decisions, however you have to be able to accept the consequences without complaining. A person’s acceptance of what has taken place is the first step toward overcoming any unfortunate consequence. Everything has positive or negative consequences, and I can’t repeat this enough.

Sometimes, tremendous consequences come from what we sometimes consider to be little or insignificant decisions or actions. When the results seem to have a more devastating effect, I am tempted to think there is no such thing as little decisions or actions. On the other hand, small actions and decisions can also result in gigantic results.

“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”
–Michael Jordan

Most youth never take into consideration the consequences of their actions until it is too late. How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. Is it possible to get in the way of someone’s consequences for an act they committed? Nothing is free in this world; either you pay your own consequences or someone else does. Choices made, whether good, bad, or indifferent, follow you forever and affect everyone in their path one way or another. Some of a person’s emotional scars can be the result of another person’s emotional pain. Hurt people; hurt people.

The way I avoid, as much as I can, the foolishness of someone else’s actions, is to mentally be aware of their capability. It’s similar to making a conscience decision, while you’re driving, to drive for the other guy as well. When you see someone swerving back and forth on the road, stay a good distance behind them or they may inadvertently cause an accident for you.

Without reflection, we blindly go on our way, generating more unintended consequences, and always falling short of achieving anything useful. The actions we take and the decisions we make in this waking moment will have consequences reaching far into our futures. It doesn’t matter if we don’t mean to do the things we do. It means nothing if it was an accident or a mistake. It doesn’t even matter if we think this is all up to fate. Regardless of our destiny, we still have to answer for our actions; and our consequences are those answers.

We all make choices, big and small, every day of our lives, and those choices have consequences. Everyone is going to eventually sit at the table and eat the meal of consequences. However, you can personally be totally engaged in the effort to ensure that the consequences you eat daily, are good and beneficial, as the result of you making sure your actions and decisions are calculating consequences worth paying for.

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Missing “U”

missing-u-postIt has been said, that if the letter ‘U’ were removed from the alphabet, the English language would lose over 3000 words. In defining what I believe is a critical element of creative, effective writing; I think about the famous quote from “Animal Farm”: “All words are equal, but some words are more equal than others.” Out from among the top ten most powerful words one can use in the English language, is one word that stands supreme. However, before I say what this word is, let me suggest to you that if the letter ‘U’ were absent from the English language, it would point to how psychological and indispensable some things are.


There are certain power words that hold more influence over our decision making process than others. Words like ‘Free’ or ‘New’ are powerful and they often influence the guiding principle for why we buy items. However, when it comes to a person’s name, especially in print, there is a wow factor that comes into play.

There is a word that I believe is unequivocally more powerful and equal than others, as was said in the movie “Animal Farm”, and that word is ‘YOU.’ Most people would rather say ‘You’ over ‘I’ because the ‘you’ word takes all the responsibility and/or focus off of them. The amazing power behind the word ‘you’ is that it could refer to anyone. When it is used in a speech or in copywriting, the word is so cleverly used that it causes a person to take stock of what is being shared.

Think of statements like; You are powerful!, You can do it!, You are amazing!, You can be great!, You can be rich!, or You are my hero!, etc. Can these words help facilitate a more powerful sense of self? Absolutely.

They say that people are dispensable and can easily be replaced. However, a person is indispensable and can never be replaced. People refer to plural, but a person is singular. You are so important to the natural balance of this universe, that if you were not here, millions of incidents would be missing from history. Think for one moment of how many people you have touched during your lifetime, how many lives you have inadvertently inspired, or the difference you have made in the lives of children. You may never know in this lifetime how people were touched by your life or words, or how many business ideas or inventions you may have inspired. It would be staggering how many lives would be different today if you were missing from the mind of God.

You are important, you are necessary, you are great, and if you feel that you are not, just think retrospectively of people in your life. Some people wouldn’t be married had you not introduced them to each other. The movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life” with James Stewart is one of my favorite movies, and it shows how important one single life can be on this Earth.

So when you think that you are insignificant, remember how many words would be missing if the letter ‘U’ was removed from the alphabet.


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