“Do something. Even if it’s wrong, do something”

Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads in your life, and you didn’t know which path to take? Have you ever found yourself dithering, afraid to make a decision not because it might be the wrong decision, but because you were afraid of what you might lose out by deciding against the other possibilities you saw before you?

I have, several times. I’ve seen decision points coming on fast, I’ve seen my options develop and I knew that out of all of my several options I could only choose one. I’ve dithered, several times in my life. And as I stood there unable to make a decision, I’ve seen those several options fade away with the passage of a few minutes or hours.

Make a decision. Even if it’s the wrong decision, make it, and get on with your life. Pay the price for your decision – there will be one. There always is. But don’t stand there, unable to make a decision out of fear of what you are going to lose.

Because what you wind up loosing is the right to determine your own fate.

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About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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