Making a choice…turn left or right

“Which way should I go?”

“Turn right, the road is smoother, and the video player won’t have issues. When you hit bumps, it kicks the movie off.”

“Mom, that truck is going to turn into us. I don’t know what to do.”

I don’t know much about what happened, only what I have been told. The details of the crash were devastating. We are thankful no life was lost, but lives were changed that September day in 2010.

I began with the message you always have choices, but you are not free from the consequences of those choices. A lot of things go through your mind when a crash like this happens. I do not call it an accident because I have never thought of it as something that just happened by chance with no-fault.

A South African immigrant here on a work visa hired by a farming company to drive semi-trucks for them during harvesting turned into the vehicle driven by my daughter on a two-lane road. He followed directions from someone waving him to come to the field, but he did not yield oncoming traffic.

In less than seven minutes from our home, the lives of many changed because of choices. Spilt second choices are made all of the time and do not always end with devastating results.

Can you think of how many times a day you make choices? According to several different articles with no apparent source, every adult makes 35,000 decisions a day.

If I had said to turn left instead of right, our path would not have crossed that of the semi-truck. There are many things you think about often after you make a choice or decision you question it.

How many times have you changed your clothes before you are satisfied? Do you want fries with that? Many of our choices seem to be about food, clothing and what we watch on TV.

I have included links to articles regarding the 35,000 decisions. Take time to think about choices, decisions, and opportunities we have daily. How many choices do our students have as they learn?

I always say, “You can choose to be part of the solution or part of the problem; the choice is always yours to make!”

How Neuroscience Can Help Us Make Better Decisions

Published by Brenda Yoho

Christian,Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aspiring Author, Motivator, Survivor, Leader, Coach, Mentor and a service agent living a life of purpose. Started my career in education as a teaching assistant, moved into the teaching role, followed by administration serving as Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Educational Support Programs. Over my more than two decades of educational experience I have served as the Illinois Principals Association Illini Region Director and most recently as a mentor/coach for principals. In addition, I have presented at their conferences over the years. In my final years in administration I served also as the Illinois Association of Title Directors Vice President and Treasurer. I am a survivor of an indirect hit of lightning and an almost fatal accident with a semi truck that hit the car I was traveling in with my family. My daughter, granddaughter and close friend survived as well! My injuries were the most significant leaving lifelong damages.

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