What If?

May 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri RoskopfWhat if? It’s a question with two simple words, but it can be packed with a lot of punch in wonder, excitement and emotion.

Can you imagine all of the inventions and discoveries that have been found by someone starting with “what if?” Problems and solutions often spark the imagination and then give you ideas or discoveries you can use — think of Leonardo da Vinci, the Wright brothers or Ernest Holmes. A lot of “what if” questions were probably raised when the problem solver was exposed to something unfamiliar — thinking outside the box — as they say.

But there’s a downside to “what if.” How many times have you found yourself asking this question when something didn’t go right, or when something bad happened? Second-guessing can be quite the downer — what’s done is done — we have to accept what happened, not dwell on it, and move on.

My towing business is “celebrating” 30 years in business this year and I couldn’t help asking myself: “What if we hadn’t started our own towing and repair business — where would we be today?”

I think it’s normal to wonder about life’s decisions with “what ifs.” We can’t change what’s happened, but it might prove to be a good thing with lessons learned. You probably won’t make the same mistake twice, and you might find a new way to do something or invent something to help you or someone else — the next time.

What if we didn’t start our towing business 30 years ago? I can only imagine how our lives would be today. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been a living. I don’t think I’ll ever stop asking “what if” questions. What if I did? Then what would happen?