“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.” ~ Amelia Earhart
I began thinking about decisions while wandering the shops for a few needed supplies early this morning. It is Sunday and a lazy start. I slept until almost 8am so that was a sleep in and after a leisurely coffee wandered to the local shopping center, aware of and enjoying the mild summer morning. I went for wire snips, actually and masking tape, but found a few items on sale to refresh my work wardrobe and couple of random gifts.
Spent some time chatting on the phone with two daughters – sequentially of course!! And my purchases and I made it home easily. Waiting for me are the usual chores ( washing, cleaning, tidying) and I have a slight desire to spring clean my wardrobe and will make some Christmas cookies and decorate them, ready to be packaged as gifts. I also have some salt dough ready and have some creative ideas I want to try out. There is also the option of finding the Christmas tree box and decorations and once the girls are home we will set to and spread the trappings of Christmas around us.
All the decisions I am facing in my life right now, are small decisions; daily minutiae in fact. And I have not always recognised how life changing some of my decisions are at the time I have been required to make them. Sometimes choosing NOT to make a decision is a decision of sorts as well.
One yardstick I have used is IF in doubt – don’t. I have used this to find peace and surety for many years.
“No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.” ~Isaac Asimov
Another tool I have used is to ask myself if it will matter in a week if I make this decision, or a month, or a year or ten years. If in ten years it won’t have any relevance that helps me put anything into perspective and weight it accordingly. Sometimes when we sit smack with a decision, it obscures it’s true impact an weight – because all we can see is what is right in front of us.
A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one. ~Rita Mae Brown