You would think that a smart person could make decisions easily, quickly, and definitively.
But the people that I know?
How can that be?
Let me explain. Which of the following are true for you:
Your wild mind generates many ideas, options, possibilities and perspectives.
You can argue all sides of most issues.
When you took multiple choice tests in school, you could explain why all of the answers could be true.
There’s never an end to the “what ifs.”
You see beige, ecru, sand and eggshell when others see white.
Your decisions impact others, now and in the future. Choices need to be ethical.
All possibilities have their appeal so you can’t let any of them go.
You need to optimize every decision.
You feel pressure to look intelligent so you need to be right.
You want to keep all of your options open.
You have to make the best choice or you’re a complete failure.
You can generate an unending list of questions. You can’t decide until you answer them.
You care about justice, equality, sustainability and future generations.
Finding the right word matters.
If you make one choice, that means you experience a loss of what you didn’t choose. You want to avoid that loss.
You second guess yourself. Often.
It’s wrong to not take advantage of all of your opportunities.
Procrastination is your middle name.
You want to accommodate others and not hurt anyone’s feelings.
You’re highly sensitive so your choice of restaurant, movie, soap, fabric, beverage and every other assorted thing, matters.
(And, if you’re a parent, making decisions about your kid, well, multiply all of the above by a gazillion.)
You wondered why you have difficulty making decisions?
Now you know.
One more thing.
Nothing is ever simple in the rainforest mind. Take it from Donald Antrim who wrote:
“The simple question “What color do you want to paint that upstairs room?” might, if we follow things to their logical conclusions, be stated, “How do I live, knowing that I will one day die and leave you?”
(from The New Yorker, Dec. 27, 1999 & Jan. 3, 2000. The Pancake Breakfast)
To my blogEEs: Does this describe you? Tell us more. What helps make decision-making easier?
Thanks to Pamela Price and her Crew for their ideas and thanks to my commenters for their topic requests. And thanks to you, dear blogEEs, for reading.