For all us people pleasers out there. Even with good intentions, every action is a double-edged sword. Want to make an enemy? Make a decision.
John Cowper Powys put it this way. “If by the time we’re sixty we haven’t learned what a knot of paradox and contradiction life is, and how exquisitely the good and the bad are mingled in every action we take, and what a compromising hostess Our Lady of Truth is, we haven’t grown old to much purpose.”
It’s often hard to know which road to take, which decision to make, which door to open or close. Give it your best thought and roll the dice. As M. Scott Peck wrote in The Road Less Traveled, “If we suffer fully, we will make the right decisions. We just won’t know it at the time.”