This week I was reading about a project that’s been ongoing for more than a decade to remove a group of dams from a river. The picture that was included was a shot of the river as it goes over the dam (a short one, not like the Hoover Dam or the height of Niagara Falls). It looked peaceful and beautiful and I had a moment of ‘why remove something that’s in working order and looks good’? But then I read into the article and they listed some really good reasons as to why the dams should be removed and the hurt that they’re doing to the river. Yes, dams can serve one or more of several important purposes, but this article was a reminder that along with serving the purpose, sometimes there’s damage that goes along as well, and a choice has to be made as to which is more important.
Which got me thinking about dams and about our lives as well. Often we have to make similar big decisions regarding our lives. Sometimes it’s something you can do for a bit or make a choice without creating a permanent result, but other times it’s a very serious decision to make that regardless of the decision you choose will create an irreversible result. It’s not wrong to make a permanent decision, but it’s a very good idea to really consider things from all angles before committing.
It’s one reason why it’s important to consider multiple possible options before committing to something, regardless of how good it sounds initially. It’s also a good reminder of how important it is to look below the surface, and that there’s always a second side to the story. I saw a beautiful dam and waterfall in the article, they saw multiple things that aren’t healthy or could improve both nature and human life. It’s not that I encourage you to look for the bad, but to look for what’s the best option, and not limit yourself to only considering one.