Notes From The Furlough: Day 36

An arbitrary decision is sometimes as good as a well reasoned one.

Please discuss. How does this play out in life?

I’ll start us out. Sometimes I face a decision that feels complicated to make. There can be multiple factors involved, all of which seem to need considerable research. Whether to repair or replace an aging car might be one example. (My current car is doing well, thank heavens!) I can get lost in fact finding and weighing options, and end up spinning my wheels.

Today’s message reminds me that sometimes it is important to simply move forward with a decision, any decision. . In some circumstances, it is more important to advance than to get bogged down in details. Going ahead can move me out of overwhelm. This won’t be true of every choice, but I can assess long-term impact and just select an option on lesser decisions. Irreversible choices like taking a loved one off life support certainly merit careful consideration. But purchase decisions, which can be reversed or amended in the future, may require less weighing. I can grant myself power and free up my energy by deciding more rapidly on lesser impact issues.

How about you? When do you make snap decisions, when do you choose carefully, and how to you determine the difference?