Making a decision and sticking with it – something so many of us find exceedingly difficult, but why? Why do we struggle with the simple yes’s and no’s and then agonize about whether or not we got it wrong after there is nothing we can do to reverse it?
“I ordered whole milk in my coffee, maybe I should have ordered low fat milk or skim! I’ll probably get fat now! Why didn’t I think of that before? But what if it tastes bad with skim? Hmm… maybe I should have gotten a small… Excuse me, miss…”
A simple trip to Starbucks in the morning can easily bring about this reaction - and on so many levels. I envy the girl who can go up to the barrister and rattle off something like, “grande green tea frap, no whip” (a past favorite of mine) without hesitation. That was me once before they stopped making it and indecision set in. I’ve faced Starbucks with fear and trepidation ever since…
And what about the real choices we must make in life?! Where to live, what to drive, what job to take… the list goes on. If we have this much trouble deciding what kind of caffeine fix best “represents ourselves as a person,” (sense my sarcasm?) how can we be expected to make a lasting decision on matters which carry far greater consequences?
Today I did. At approximately noon, I mailed out my law school application. After reviewing my personal statement countless times on end, I finally made up my mind to just mail it – and I did! And I’ve never felt better. (We’ll see how long that lasts!) Now I’ll just have to decide whether to accept or defer should they choose to accept me… but that can wait for now!
There is no relief like making up your mind and knowing you did everything in your power to make the right decision. Now, it’s in God’s hands and needless to say, I am much more comfortable with that.
Yeah. I could really go for some coffee right about now… how about you?