Choice and the Unexpected Path
Introduction of “The Blessing Choice: Change The Way You Make Choices, and The Choices You Make Change” (Part 1 for Be About Change)
By Graham Honeycutt
This isn’t a book that I thought I would write. No, instead this is the book I am supposed to write. I didn’t go in search of a book topic. I may be one of the most reluctant authors of all time. I am not one of those aspiring authors just waiting for my chance to shine or get my big break. I didn’t even enjoy reading books or writing in high school. In fact, I still remember a well-meaning high school AP English Teacher named Mr. Stachura pushing me to write something of substance. To push myself to tell a story that meant something to someone. He was all but telling me I shouldn’t have been in that class. He was right. I shouldn’t have been in that class. I didn’t have any interest in making an impact through writing. I guess that is why I chose to be a Spanish major in college. Perhaps I could do better in another language.
No fuí buscando a este libro. I didn’t go searching for this book. This book found me, and for that I am eternally grateful. When you learn of the circumstances that preceded the writing of this book, you may find it surprising that I choose the word grateful. Sometimes I still find it surprising too.
The words that became this book started as therapy for me. They became therapy to heal some wounds, to make sense of my ever changing and broken reality, and to write a new story for my life. The circumstances surrounding that word therapy I will share with you in the first chapter. They are an integral part of the story, and the words on this page today wouldn’t be here without those humble beginnings on my first blog, Dandy Walker Ranger.
You may have picked up this book because you wanted to know what a blessing choice is, or you may have picked it up because you are desperately in search for more purpose in your life. Those are good places to be as you start reading the book, not because I have all the answers that you seek. The answers you seek lie within you. I am just a guide for this material. Remember as you read that this is an unexpected path and I didn’t go in search of this material. It found me.
I don’t have some carefully crafted plan for you to follow. As Jeff Goins says in his book The Art of Work, “a calling is not some carefully crafted plan. It’s what’s left when the plan goes horribly wrong.” This book is about what happens when the plan for your life goes off track, and you are left to make sense of it all. You are left to find meaning in your brokenness and pain, and to seek a clarity of purpose that gives your life much greater meaning than you had before. This is a path that God showed me, and continually gives me the strength and wisdom to follow. It can be your path too if you want it to be. The path of changing the way you make choices. The path of the blessing choice.
To be continued…
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