Make up your mind!

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Hi, welcome back.

As I lay my hand to the keyboard I find that I am creatively constipated.  There is no question in my mind that there’s a lot of stuff inside tucked away in a neat little box.  The problem is I can’t get it out.

Yes, I know.  As you can tell from my last entry and the previous paragraph, my imagery has been a bit suspect as of late.  Sorry about that.  All I can say is blame it on my condition.

Since I couldn’t think of anything I decided to just start typing and see what hits the fan.

So decided to cast caution to the wind, take the bull by the horns, make the leap, get off my ass and make a decision.  I decided to talk about… (drum roll please)… Flat squirrels.

Yep, flat squirrels.

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“The highways of life are full of flat squirrels who couldn’t make up their mind.”

- unknown

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Rightly or wrongly I decided that I did not want to be a flat squirrel.  So here I am writing about making a decision.

Everyone has to make decisions.  You can’t get away from it.

People tend to fall at one end or the other on the decision continuum.  Some are much too slow in their decision-making and others make a snap decision purely on gut – fire, ready aim.

Those who tend to be on the slow side of the continuum agonize over their decisions fearful that it will be wrong or it will not be good enough.  Yes, there are some decisions that require thoughtful deliberation.  But these are the exception rather than the rule.

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There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.

- William James

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But all too often some people habitually delay making any decision and eventually allow circumstances to make the choice for them.  All options close except for the last.

Think about it… we abdicate our life to the dictates of circumstances.  How sad.

.It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

- Thomas Sowell

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Fortunately, sometimes the circumstances work out fine.  Then we have the luxury of salving our indecision with the justification that things turned out ok and continues to validate the way we make decisions.

Very honestly you can allow the flow of life to chart your course and the chances are you will have an okay life.

But if this is the pattern to life’s decisions there tends to be a couple of nagging problems that accompany this decision.

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Side Note: Yes, allowing life to make your decisions is a decision.   Not making a decision, is a decision.

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First, if we are honest, there remains the mental gremlin that quietly eats at our self-esteem with the notion that we were not bold or fearless enough to step out on our own decision.

Also, we can easily fall to the haunting possibility that things could have turned out better if we had made the decision on our own.

Yes, the indecision end of the continuum has its consequences… but so does the snap decision end.

We’ll take a close look at the problems that arise when we are too hasty with making life choices.

See you Monday.

Ciao.

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