What Is The Wise Thing To Do


Author Andy Stanley asks, ”In the light of your past, current and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?” is an uncomfortably cathartic question. Why, because you spend the better part of your life living in the now and this question forces you to think well beyond your day to day.

Yes, you plan for your next paycheck or your next vacation and even for what you will do after college. But you do little in the way of designing your life.

I wish I had this advice when I was younger; it would have saved me from a lot of regrets. But dwelling in the past will do little to improve the present or future. I have started, using Stanley’s framework in helping me make wise decisions:

  • In light of my past experiences, what is the wise thing to do?
  • In light of my current circumstance, what is the wise thing to do?
  • In light of my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?

I recommend that before you engage in a significant project that you filter your decisions by asking yourself, ”In the light of your past, current and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?”

By taking the opportunity to do this self-analysis, you will give yourself the time necessary to make a wise choice.