If the choices are big – like Trudeau or O’Toole, Trump or Biden, Holt Renfrew, or Value Village – then the options seem easy to sort, driven by big-picture principles, in-your-face practicality, or household economics.
But most decisions in our lives that matter, they come in small building blocks, bricks, and mortar.
Many begin as little sand-grain irritants which cause a knee to jerk, a jerk to mouth-off, and irrationality to take over. Oysters, on the other hand, know what to do with a grain of sand.
An hourglass works with sand-grains too, and computer chips are printed on silicon wafers (more sand), and there never seems to be a shortage of sand in all its forms. It can be abrasive grit sandpaper or formation splitting frac-sand that causes oil to flow and pool by opening cracks in formations.
Best kind of all – you can walk it or run on it, is beach sand. Yes, it gets into everything, but what else are cracks and crevices for?
Little things are hard, big things are easy.
Big moments are easy to remember, and small opportunities are easy to miss. Try to miss fewer of them. There will always be a brass band or a crass man telling you about the significant issues, why big decisions matter – and you’ll still be making the one that is ‘most right for you.’ The little choices are the ‘in the moment’ little ones that seem to be equivalent to choosing which box of paper clips to buy – because it appears to be something that could not possibly matter. The little choices, the missed moments of opportunity, show up. Grab them, or they’re gone.
Do we want the truth?
Or, do we seek that truth-like statement which will reinforce a currently held point of view?
Notions of making well-informed decisions are just that, notions.
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