It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.
― Elbert Hubbard
It’s called BOGGLE for a reason.
Have you ever played the game WOULD YOU RATHER?
Would you rather drive a moped across a tight rope OR go over Niagara Falls in a barrel?
Would you rather drink black coffee OR eat dry cereal?
It’s almost always funny or absurd scenarios, for which there is no right answer.
Because it’s just a game. Real life however, requires decisions all the time. Some of course, require little effort.
Paper or plastic? Do you want butter on your popcorn? Would you like to try the smoothie of the week?
But some decisions feel HUGE and require research and thought.
Some of the mail my kids have been getting from colleges.
It’s easy to feel buried under the brochures of possibilities and decisions. I feel like that when it comes to my writing–the decisions that need to be made in editing and publishing.
Or what about the tricky decisions that impact family or friends? Or decisions about health?
Recently I’ve been grappling with the issue of a new medication. Do I want to deal with the crappy side effects or the crappy symptoms for which I’m on it in the first place?
It feels like someone is asking me if I want to eat squid or snails.
Honestly, I don’t want to eat either.
When it comes to decision-making, we hear go with your gut, but then are advised to be careful of emotion. Some say take your time and others say make the leap. We need to check our history, but stay in the present and oh wait, don’t forget the future!
What do you do?
I guess it’s a little of everything–our gut, our emotion, revisiting the past, thinking it through (a pros and cons list can help here) and even taking the leap, because eventually we have to decide.
It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.
Progress is good (even baby steps).
But, okay, not ALL decision-making turns out stellar. Like the time my husband decided, yes, he DID want to try the smoothie of the week. The flavor? Peanut butter and jelly.
My hubby now has strong opinions about PB & J belonging between two slices of bread.
How do you make decisions? Playing the game–if you had to choose, would you rather be PARANOID for the rest of your life or NAIVE?
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