When we know that there is a better way of doing life than we are doing, it is time for a change. Are we always going to get it right? Probably not, but that is why we have accountability partners in our life. We are faced with choices every day. Some of those choices are life altering and some of them may not seem to be when we first are presented with them. Have people in your life that you can reach out to and run thoughts, situations or ideas by them. In a 1970 Dear Abby column in “The Milwaukee Sentinel,” it was said: “There is no such thing as a stupid question if it’s sincere. Better to ask and risk appearing stupid than to continue on your ignorant way and make a stupid mistake.” This is by no means saying you’re stupid, or your questions. What it is saying is not to let fear or pride deter you from asking for wisdom from someone else. Your life matters, and therefore the choices you make matter too. Sometimes we go along thinking that we aren’t affecting anyone else’s life when the reality is quite the opposite. Think of a tornado and how as it rotates and gains strength, it picks up items along the way. Our lives can do that too. We are pulling family, friends, co-workers and sometimes innocent bystanders right along with us into the chaos of the storm we created.
Dr. Phil says: “You do what you know until you know better.” So when we know better, we choose to not do this life alone. Find people who will ground you in peace in the middle of your storm, and hold on. Let them show you how to navigate through the rough patches they have victory in. Someday you will find that you are the one a person will seek out for accountability, and that is when we pay it forward.