Choice and Consequence

Here I go again, getting all serious. The world is in chaos right now and it is becoming more and more impossible and unwise to ignore it. Pandemic numbers continue to climb everywhere, there is government infighting in Ottawa and Alberta, labour unrest is rampant, hatred and racial injustice abound on both sides of the border, conspiracy theories abound and do not even get me started on the 2020 U.S. election campaign shenanigans. As a Canadian observing the unpredictable chaos swirling around me, I often feel like a fly on a horse’s ass. I know if I sit still long enough, the horse’s tail will swipe me off into oblivion. So, I keep moving, watching the news feeds and the news stories, like a fly looking out of the corner of his eye, hoping that the next swipe of the horse’s tail will not make me collateral damage. I am growing so weary of it all.

As new parents, 34 years ago, no instruction manual was provided with our newborns and back then, we had little clue how things might turn out in the long term, but we had determination and the will to move forward in the right direction. Sure, we made a few mistakes early on, but we learned from them.

As the kids got older, we fought the urge to use the word “No” too frequently, not always successfully, I might add. Our long term strategy, when it came to a difference of opinion with our boys, ended up being that they had a choice in their actions, but that each choice came with consequences. In one case, the choice may have been to spend all their allowance money on the first thing they saw and the consequence was that they would have no money until next month and that we would not spot them an advance.

On our hikes over the past few days, I took these photos, including this truly blurry one of a bald eagle flying through our river valley. Seeing a bald eagle flying free, inside the city is rare and is a sight to be enjoyed. The eagle was crystal clear to my eye, and I could hear the words from my Patty ringing in my ears “You don’t always need to take a photo of everything, just enjoy it with your eyes”. Yet, I still raised the camera to my eye, for what I thought was a perfect shot. On review, I was convinced it was crystal clear in my small viewfinder, but my computer at home showed me otherwise. Perhaps, that is the lesson my blurry shot was trying to teach me, thus helping me see more clearly. Our choices do not always give us the best outcome and consequences may apply. In my case, the consequences were not serious.

Why am I still rambling on? I guess I am trying to say, that as humans, the “creator” (whichever one you believe or do not believe in) gave us all “free will”, the freedom to make our own choices and trusted that we would use this gift wisely. It is the greatest gift we will ever get, but with this gift, comes the risk of consequences. Unlike my photo choice, the consequences, these days are much more serious:

  • ignore the local rules for combatting Covid 19 to assert your right to freedom and enjoyment and risk penalties, including illness or death
  • as a world leader, downplay the pandemic, delay or refuse government assistance to those suffering from the effects of lockdown for the sake of political opportunity and face massive health, economic and social disasters.
  • put personal wealth and power ahead of society’s health and well-being and risk being voted out
  • pretend racial and social injustice do not exist and be faced with continued demonstrations and riots

In all these cases, the obvious path is often the hardest of all to follow, but, it IS obvious. We all have to try harder to do the right thing for society and for the right reasons, myself included.

Choice and Consequences ©

Around us these days, chaos rising to a roar,

anger, meanness, impatience, all three at its core.

Ev’ryone trying to grab onto more and more

freedoms, wealth, power, like they are keeping score.

Waves of common sense, lapping at far away shore,

once again giving a chance to choose the right door,

follow fall leaves, quickly decaying on ground or

rise above all the noise, like an eagle to soar.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

29 thoughts on “Choice and Consequence

  1. I enjoyed this read Allan.

    On Thu., Oct. 29, 2020, 12:41 p.m. PhotoBlography3, wrote:

    > kagould17 posted: ” Here I go again, getting all serious. The world is in > chaos right now and it is becoming more and more impossible and unwise to > ignore it. Pandemic numbers continue to climb everywhere, there is > government infighting in Ottawa and Alberta, labour unrest ” >

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  2. Allan, thank you so much for sharing this post, it gives a lot to think about. One of the reasons I started blogging was to stop watching TV and specially the news because I was getting more and more disappointed on how the world is turning out to be. I think there’s a major lack of common sense all over, sometimes it even scares me to see the world we are living and if there’s a way we can change for the better.

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    1. Hi Blanca. I guess I felt that I could not simply sit here posting pretty pictures and fluff, while the world burns. As one sage opined, “Common Sense isn’t Common Any More”. When did we get to be so selfish, so stupid and so greedy? Forgive the religious message, but it does ring true in this case….Mark 8:36, KJV: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” We have to make wiser choices or accept the consequences of our bad choices. Unfortunately, the tone now being set by world political leaders, seems to be an excuse for bad behaviour, but, that does not mean we have to follow in lock step. Thanks for the dialogue and stay well. Allan

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  3. The more I read the news and hear about everything that’s going on in the world right now, the more I want to lock my doors and withdraw from the society. One thing is for sure, we won’t revert back to our old ways of living, traveling and working once the pandemic crisis are over. The world is in such a chaos right now and the future is certain to be very different. I loved your post very much. We need to talk about what is going on and how it makes us feel. About how we can help others and how we can reframe the future today. Thanks for sharing and stay safe.

    Sligo is making the news across the world yet again. Dramatic surf conditions caused by the remnants of hurricane saw waves of over 18m off the coast in Sligo. Of course, there were daredevils who decided to surf them. And did it successfully! 😀 Aiva

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    1. I am with you on the locking doors and windows part, Aiva. I realize we can really only protect ourselves, but, even then, we could come into contact with somebody who does not believe or does not care and get it anyway. Glad you liked the post, I thought it time I got serious on something, even if only for my mental health. Stay safe and hope for the change we need. As to Sligo waves, I think the daredevils are alright, if they are only putting themselves at risk and not Search and Rescue. Everybody has the right to make a choice if they accept their consequence. Stay well my friend. Allan


  4. Allan, you hit on it! What a mess everything is. Our numbers in Iowa for Covid are rising and breaking records every day. No one seems to care. No mandates and our governor has not addressed this and word is she won’t until after the presidential election. I’m at a loss, don’t understand and am frustrated. So I keep going one day at a time. I wear my mask, social distance and hope for the best. Take care and keep writing! I enjoy your blog and look forward to it!! Lori

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    1. My heart breaks for my Southern brothers and sisters. So sorry to hear the problem is that bad in your area. I find people will follow a leader that sets the right example, even if he is not a good leader. The whole Fake News and Dispute the Science kick is killing me to watch it. Fauci should be president. The big trouble with the election is that #45, at a bare minimum, still has 2 1/2 months to make it worse. Please God, bring the right change and bring it soon. Stay well Lori. Allan

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  5. The problem with some people is that they can’t (or won’t) exercise good judgement. “Me” is everything. With covid, the consequences aren’t just limited to them; they can spread it far and wide to “innocent” others who have been doing their best to follow the protocols.

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    1. Greed and selfishness are prevalent and will be society’s undoing. We all need to practice empathy, not just think it. We are all feeling the stress of the health restrictions, but some do not want to believe it will affect or apply to them. Wearing a mask and physical distancing is the most selfless thing anyone can do and model for others. Thanks for reading and commenting Lynette. Allan

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  6. I wondered what to say in response to this post. I appreciate you raising your head to try to see a little further, even if it must still be a little blurry like that eagle picture. I am not one of those who think that everything was better before, I remain confident in humanity to continue to progress, even if at times, on some points, there may be setbacks. Overall, there are more successes than failures. We have to be confident, even if a part is not under our control.

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    1. It is not that we face problems but how we face them that makes the difference. In the end, we can only control and influence our own actions. To point out other people’s shortcomings, inactions or thoughtlessness is not only counterproductive, but can be dangerous, like the poor store security guard who was stabbed 27 times by 2 young women who did not wish to wear masks, or other shoppers who are being pushed, attacked or coughed and spat upon by anti maskers. We all need to be more considerate and less judgmental, whether we believe or not. Like you, I have hope for the future. In the end, none of us gave control over anything or anyone, other than ourselves. Stay well and thanks for the thoughtful dialogue. Allan

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  7. Well said Allan. We are definately in a bad state here – with trying to deal with the virus and the systemic racism through out the world. We all must try and do our best – keep a level head and (as my mother used to say) soldier on. Our Health officer – Bonnie Henry has a great saying – Be Kind – Be Calm – Be Safe. She has added a new one now – Be Brave. We will all get through this – it’s not forever.

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    1. Thanks Ann. I like your Bonny Henry. Our Deena Hinshaw is phenomenal, but I think she has had to tone down her emotions too much to lend a serious tone. She needs to give us shit, praise and hope, in that order. Being kind is the best gift we can give ourselves and the world. We need to stop being pathetic and start being empathetic. Many thanks for your thoughts Ann. Allan

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  8. Well said Allan. Cases have been surging and creating new records here in Ontario and pretty much everywhere around the world. I find it particularly frustrating to make sacrifices only to see other people break the rules. I would have loved to spend Thanksgiving with my family. It would have been nice to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday this week. None of this is easy. But the fact that some people think they are exempt from all the public health restrictions is upsetting. Because their actions may not have a direct consequence on their lives, but it may on someone else’s.

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    1. I hear you. When I was a construction project manager and one of my branches would come to me with an off the wall idea, I had a saying I used when I went to the branch….I am not here to tell you that you can’t do it, I am here to tell you how you can do it! The whole attitude of possibility then opened up. This is what is happening right now. Everyone is hearing No!No!No! instead of take precautions and wait a bit. As a kid, the wait for Christmas was almost more exciting than Christmas. We just need to be patient. My son’s birthday is next week and mine shortly after that and then my wife’s and then my other son’s and then Christmas. We will find a way to celebrate, but it will not be by breaking the rules. This is the long game, right now. Stay well. Find a way to communicate and celebrate and thanks for your valued input. Allan

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  9. Good Morning Allan. Choice & Consequence. This is one of the profound truths in the Universe. Lloyd and I really appreciated reading your heart-felt thoughts.
    Just as a child needs loving direction from his parents to help him become a mature decision-maker, so mankind needs direction from a Loving Father. Unfortunately we rejected that direction in our infancy. Never allowing our Father to guide us to maturity. We see the consequence all around us of a bad decision-making paradigm that started in Eden.
    So what’s the answer?
    I am your God, The One teaching you to benefit yourself,
    The One guiding you in the way you should walk.
    If only you would pay attention to my commandments!
    Then your peace would become just like a river
    And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
    Isaiah 48:17,18
    Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi guys. That is a very profound point of view. We need to have faith to carry on and do the right thing. No worthy prize was ever attained by a lack of faith and perseverance. Stay well. Allan

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  10. I want to just lean into the quiet and escape into my little rural paradise. Which means that I am a lucky one. Living through this and making daily choices is becoming a challenge. We all need hope but we also need people to follow the guidelines. I, for one, feel like we can’t wait for the government to force us home. We need to do the right thing without being told. When my son was a teenager I always told him to pack good judgement in his back pocket so he could pull it out to examine his options and choices. We all need to do that and stop blaming this on someone else.

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    1. Absolutely. You are in the healthcare workforce and you get it. We watch the news from both sides and the science everyday and see the right path. I am just not sure why others don’t, but I expect they do not understand me either. I am not sure how much higher the case and death rates have to get before people stop thinking this is a hoax and will simply end after the U.S. election. Conspiracy theories abound and even draw well educated people in….fake news, the earth is flat, Q-Anon, etc., etc. We need a return to good government, good journalism, good people and good choices. Fingers crossed, as we hide out, Bernie. Thanks for your thouhtful comments. Allan


  11. Well said Allan! We are in such a strange and uncertain time. I read through the comments and found the word “messy” being used. I haven’t thought of this as “messy” until now. It really is messy, isn’t it? I believe our best defense in these times is Kindness. Kindness really can save us if we all allow our hearts to guide us through the uncertainty. I also love what the Health officer, Bonnie Henry had to say. “– Be Kind – Be Calm – Be Safe – Be Brave. We will all get through this – it’s not forever.”
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Allan.

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    1. We will get through it, but it will likely stay messy for a while, until everyone realizes, the virus does not care if we do not believe in it. In the meantime, kindness is always the right response. We will not convince anyone with loud voices, judgement and contempt We can only protect ourselves. The others will have to do the best they can. Thanks for your thoughts on this, Angie. Stay well. Allan

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  12. This is such great insight. I think in a larger scale it’s about how we get so obsessed with capturing a moment (or perfecting it) that we forget the moment is slipping through our fingers while we do. And you’re so right about the dire consequences of the self-centered way people and governments are looking at this crisis. Here’s hoping we all learn our lesson before it’s too late! Though it is already too late for many people.

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    1. Thanks Jay and thank you for reading and following. You are right. Based on the shenanigans going on right now, some people just keep digging and digging a deeper hole. Government leaders and followers should never forget they are elected to serve the people, not their leader and certainly not themselves. Hope all is well with you. Cheers. Allan

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