A Dirty Little Secret About Choices

by Michelle Acker on April 26, 2012

in Thought Provoking

Welcome to the new home of Thought Provoking Thursday!

 

 

Choices…

 

Options…

 

Variety.

 

These are all very good things

until…

you have so many

choices

and

options

that you become paralyzed

to make a

decision.

decision.

Decision.

decision.

decision.

decision.

 

DECISION!

 

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Have you ever come to that same realization?
What do you do about it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments…
(I’ll have a follow up post next week with my strategy for tackling too many choices.)

Something to think about…



{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

SomeGirl April 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM

That reminds me of an experiment someone did at a gas station where they took all of the candy choices down to just 5 or so. Then sold WAY more candy than they did prior with choice upon choice. I found that very interesting! But how does it play out in our own lives?? Guess I’ll have to come back to find out, right? 😉

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 5:36 AM

Hmmm. Interesting!! I hadn’t heard that, but it makes sense. 🙂

Amy April 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I wish there were less choices in life! It’s frustrating to even pick out soap or shampoo! I linked up, but it’s not letting me edit my post from my iPad, so I can add your link. I will do it as soon as I am at the computer!

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 5:39 AM

Thanks for being here, Amy! I’m glad to have you. I’m going to continue this thought next week, about how to simplify the overwhelming number of choices out there.

Robin April 26, 2012 at 5:24 AM

Yes, choices are good, until they become so abundant you don’t know which way is right anymore. I long to live in simpler times.

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 5:41 AM

I agree, simpler times would be nice! Then again, I love technology too, so I’m torn.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tereasa April 26, 2012 at 6:10 AM

When I look at my choices, I ask they are God-honouring. I consider my family next. How will they be affected? Is there a choice that better serves what I believe to be my purpose? Which choices will just keep me busy? I don’t always make the best choices and sometimes ended up back-tracking or working my tail off to get it over with. I look forward to your follow-up.

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Oooh. Very good points, Tereasa! That’s a different direction than where I was headed, but I think I need to include it. May I quote you in the post? 🙂

Tereasa April 26, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Thank you, and yes, you may. 😀

Meredith April 26, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Oh Shell — as one incredibly indecisive — wait, was that the adjective I wanted to use? (lolz) — person, I can SO relate to this. I LOVE Tereasa’s thoughts– what a fantastic reminder to use the Bible as our framework.
🙂

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I agree!!

Lyli@3dLessons4Life April 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Looking forward to that follow up post… 🙂

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Me too! All these fascinating comments might be turning it into more than one post. Great thoughts here in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

Courtney April 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Ah – yes! This is so true. Too many choices can paralyze me. Sometimes I just try to eliminate the influences/voices in my life. That can be hard at first, but makes the decision-making part easier.

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Good point, Courtney! Isn’t it interesting that eliminating some of the choices turns out to be a good thing?

Thanks for being part of the conversation!

Lori April 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Sometimes what I think someone else would say gets in the way as well and then when I actually talk to them about it their actual comments are way different than what I heard in my head. I just need to listen for that small, still voice of God and then follow thru with what he says (I don’t always and end up learning the hard way). Looking forward to next week.

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

So true, sis! That still small voice always leads us in the right direction if we just stop and listen.

I have that same tendency to create whole conversations or reactions in my head, and usually they’re different than what the person actually ends up saying or doing too. Maybe it’s a family trait. 😉

Laurie Collett April 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I’m with you — there are so many things I need to do and would like to do with my time that sometimes I feel paralyzed by the options! I pray every day to be a good steward of time and other resources.
Thanks for the great post!
God bless,
Laurie

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Thanks, Laurie! Being a good steward of time and resources… Another good point for next week’s post! Thanks for joining the conversation!

Debbie April 27, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Actually before I linked up I just wrote a post on seeking many counselors when making a decision. Plus be in God’s word and pray.

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