Choice and Consequence


For every choice, a consequence.

Every choice has at least one consequence. Sometimes more than one. Sometimes the result is good, sometimes bad. Sometimes beneficial, sometimes the beginning of really hard times.

For a person who recently decided to make a super quick u-turn on a busy street—and finished the u-turn right in front of a police car—the consequence was as quickly received as the u-turn was executed. Unless they were going to the hospital, I can’t imagine the consequence being beneficial. Then again, maybe learning the lesson of not making snap decisions that land you right in front of a law enforcer when you’re breaking the law is good for a lifetime. You might never forget such a lesson, such immediate consequences.

For someone who decided to shoot off fireworks inside their house, and managed to burn down half of their house, the effect of such a stupid decision was immediate. The decision they made to live near a fire station was a good one, but still, they ended up with half a house. Most likely, they had to move out while the house was repaired. If I was their neighbor, I’d be hoping they wouldn’t move back. I’d be hoping their house was far enough from mine that they wouldn’t be able to burn it.

For a group of lawmakers who thought they could conduct political actions behind closed doors that affected the public, and started a riot, they might think again before doing something so stupid. Then again, there are those in this world who have to see the varied negative results of multiple bad decisions before they even begin to understand. There are those who have to learn the hard way.

For a grown-up who teaches a child to blow dandelion seeds across the yard, the consequence isn’t immediate. It could be a time between seasons before they’ll see the consequences. In this case, though, is the result unwanted? Maybe the idea is to get more dandelion fluff to blow around. And maybe the neighbors wanted more. Maybe they wanted the dandelions to grow so they would have something to do to pass the time. You never know unless you ask.

“Are you okay if I blow these dandelion seeds in your grass?”

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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