Subtitle: The Anatomy Of Choice
In the course of a lifetime we all (me, you and those other people) make a lot of choices. Little choices, big choices, tough choices, easy choices, choices we should make and we don’t, choices we should not make and we do.
I choose to write about this and not to sleep on this, the eve of what is to be a very important day in my burger career (Major personal and professional decisions to make). I may of made a bad decision here and might never sell another Wendy’s hamburger. I shudder at the thought.
I make many choices everyday and I like making decisions. What makes my choice good, or bad, wise or obtuse, is sometimes an absolute matter-of-fact: undeniable, authentic and real. This is the incontestable, indisputable, no-doubt-about-it, proper decision according to my perception. Okay then. What if (oh here we go, first “what if”) my decision turns out to be the worst, pretend, mythical, decision according to another, or worse yet many others? Does it become, therefore, a bad decision based upon the sheer numbers of those that disagree with my judgment or lack thereof? Then the many scrutinize, analyze and dissect the decision (TOO EASY IN HINDSIGHT) because they can. The result is what really matters. Okay. The result.
Some decisions affect many, some decisions affect one, hell, some decisions don’t affect anything! Some decisions somehow become the business of many. I believe we may call these ‘many’ folks busy-bodies, right? That’s what we call those that don’t agree, generally. You know the type…nosey. “Why don’t you mind your own business?” I made the decision, that’s my my decision and if you disagree, well then, “It’s none of your business!” After all, “Who died and made you boss?” Right? Are we talking short-term or long-term, whether it benefits one or the other person? What exactly is the determining factor here in my decisions worth? Uh, would it be my perception. So what if the decision ends up good to someone other than to whom it was intended to effect and bad to the one that was supposed to benefit? Hey how about that one? Man can we muck this up?
Heck back up the truck! Choices are decisions right? What if we give a decision no thought what so ever? Is it still a choice if it involved no decision. Contemplation enters into the picture. Now ‘reverie’ calls for a solid decision! Wow, have I made a choice to blog something that requires more than I choose to think about. Which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn?
Some choices wind up being bad choices that were good choices. Some choices are made with heed given to those from whom I’ve sought advice, or guidance, while trying to do the right” thing (or for that matter, the wrong thing). Sheesh, even I know I need to use my resources. There are many that have experiences that, though I know I am certainly smarter than they are, they can share with me that will hopefully help me with my decision. OH, but is it still my decision? If I listened to the opinion, or sought the wisdom of one whom (who or whom?) I respect?
Some interesting quotes on decision:
In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. ~T.S. Eliot
When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. ~William James
Some people are very decisive when it comes to avoiding decisions. ~Brendan Francis
When one bases his life on principle, 99 percent of his decisions are already made ~Unknown Author
Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions. ~Author Unknown
I have studied and shared enough…I have a tough decision to make. Want to be a resource?