The Choice

A dear friend of mine named Dave forwarded a story from Ed Bridges to me. It was fairly long, but a pargraph of it really was the gist of the message and stood out to me, so I wanted to share it with you:

“Many years ago I flagged a cab in Chicago and began a conversation with the cabby. Here is what he said that influenced my life:

“I wanted a nice home for my family in the city, a summer home on Lake Michigan, and a car for my wife and each of my two children. To afford these, I needed to work two full time jobs. We had the nice home, the summer home on Lake Michigan and cars for everyone in the family. My wife divorced me, and my children would have nothing to do with me. By working two jobs, I got what I wanted, but I lost what I had. What I had was more important to me than what I wanted.”

May we all choose wisely.


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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6 Responses to The Choice

  1. Thanks for sharing, Russ. I consider you a dear friend, too.

  2. boomiebol says:

    Very true, often times we are so busy running after the not so significant thinking we are doing it for the most significant’s good…permission to share this on twitter. Thank you, and thanks for sharing

  3. russtowne says:

    Hi, Boomie. Thank you for your comment. I have no problem with you sharing this post on Twitter with the caveat that the parts that are in quotes weren’t written by me.


  4. Something to think about, Russ. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  5. russtowne says:

    I appreciate your comment!


  6. jolynproject says:

    Thanks for sharing this. This is a great reminder of what’s important in life–relationships.

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