Should I have waited, was it the wrong time, did I need more information?
These questions can be a prudent reflection or crazy-making afterthoughts. There was an old cliché, “never buy a car made on Monday” because there was a widely held perception factory workers were not on-the-ball on Monday.
There might have been some truth to that.
Today’s worker starts Monday morning in a low gear – which begs this question: should we make decisions on Mondays – buying a car, hiring someone, closing a deal, or killing one?
When and how can we know the answers to life’s essential questions, and when should we ask?
If the house is on fire, getting people out, calling 911, then putting the fire out are the issues; if the oxygen masks pop down in a flight, we don’t think – we react, because we’ve been given that warning so many times, to put your own mask on first, then help others.
The sequence of what we do first, next, later, and last is something we likely won’t flub badly in an emergency – partly because immediacy and triage of what comes first, second, etc. comes easily – and adrenaline helps.
But unless you are a front-line adrenaline-junkie, we don’t make decisions that way, do we?
We take our good and bad habits of decision making, and we make choices.
In recent months we’ve put everyone else’s choices under our partly-informed microscope; it is easy to point blame-fingers at everyone who made a hasty, politically tactical, or routinely pragmatic decision.
Every convenient or expedient decision is not life-threatening – but in the face of every news story telling us about so many errors in judgment, over-reactions, under-reactions, and downright incompetence, we are becoming less trusting of every institution. Of every decision too.
The simple ‘getting together,’ even at safe-distances, seems fraught with decision-making challenges.
Should we, or shouldn’t we?
How close is too close, how far away is too far away?
Sadly, we are second-guessing things more – right down to the simplest of tasks and decisions.
Things we took for granted are now changed.
This illustrates we are all on one level playing field, that we all have the same future – a blank canvas on which to paint our future. Everyone’s painting will be different; everyone has the same capacity to dream, yet everyone knows the critical and essential ingredient is the execution.
And what you do for us readers is just RIGHT. Thank you, DM, Calgary, AB
Enjoyed your column this morning. This is one of my favourite quotes about writing/reading: “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys … Okay... now I'd best get back to the cleaning, sorting and trips to Goodwill to get rid of stuff for the photos on Tuesday, DC, Calgary, AB