With every situation we choose in life, there are resultant consequences (some foreseen, others not). And many times we are blind to some of the consequences of our decisions and choices.
An example you may be familiar with is when you see a friend repeatedly acquiescing to a new romantic partner’s needs without taking his own into account. As an observer, you can clearly see that this behavior will most likely lead to difficulties ahead.
But when it’s OUR behavior, we typically aren’t able to see so easily or clearly. In fact, we are commonly blind to the price we are paying (or will pay).
Sometimes, we are intentionally blind — choosing to ignore what we rationally know — because there is some short-term benefit that is desirable.
As The Eagles so eloquently put it, “I guess every form of refuge has its price.” (Lyin’ Eyes)
There’s nothing inherently wrong with seeking refuge or making a choice and living with the consequences — in fact, it’s a part of our daily lives. What IS important is that we remain conscious of both the decision we’re making and the consequences (the price we’re paying).
As long as we remain aware, we’ll live with clarity and understanding. It is only when we ignore the consequences that we can later be surprised and blindsided by them.
Are you clear about the price you’re paying?