Three Word Wednesday challenges us to write a piece using three given words.
This week the words were ‘decision’, ‘compromise’ and ‘forward’.
Is this a poem? Maybe. It's a work. Let's call it a reflection.
Still on a serviette, of course.
It is said that every decision that you make is the right one;
that you cannot consciously choose wrongly.
But the truth is that all decisions are a compromise,
where prudence and daring collide.
The decision that you make is a trade-off
between risk and reward,
between the known and the unknown,
between conflict and accord.
The decision you make is the one that comforts you going forward,
one that makes you feel most secure.
At the time.
But to look backwards! Now, there’s the rub.
With the razor sharp clarity of hindsight,
we ponder what might have been,
ignoring the myriad of little twists and turns of fate
that have moved us from there to here,
and like Lot’s wife,
cannot resist a glance back over our shoulder.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2012