To everything there’s a cause and effect. But most of us, I think without really thinking about it, most of the time put the effect before the cause. Now, I do believe many times we just make excuses when something goes wrong or doesn’t go our way. For example: There’s a train track that you cross every day as you drive to work. You always leave home fifteen minutes prior to having to be on time for work. On most days you have an uninterrupted trip to work. But every now and then you get held up by the train on the track and is late for work. Okay, think about it for a moment so you can determine the (cause- why you were late for work) and the (effect- what caused you to be late). Most people would be fuming because they got caught by the train and they know no matter what, that they’re going to be late for work. Cause: you didn’t leave home in time enough to either cross the track before the train came or your leaving home at the same time everyday does not add into account something could happen to delay you a few minutes.

Here’s a more familiar example: You are running late for work and a police officer pulled you over for driving five miles over the speed limit. Take a look at this video and then determine what’s the cause and the effect of the police officer pulling you over. Cause is “WHY” something happened and the effect is “WHAT” happened. In the above example, when you got to work you told your co-workers you were late because you got pulled over by a police officer. Now if you apply the cause and effect rule you’ll realize you got pulled over by the police officer for (cause), because you were driving five miles over the speed limit and the (effect) was, you were late for work.

Too many times we blame other people, situations and circumstances for our down falls or short comings. And too many times I think the cause and effect of many of life’s challenges are straight out just not even put into consideration.

This cause and effect topic is just the beginning of many more writings I’ll do as I introduce my God given plan of action to not only identify many everyday causes and effects but to also introduce solutions to the problems.

The next time you’re caught in a situation where things don’t go as planned, use the cause and effect rule to determine “WHAT” went wrong and “WHY” it went wrong.