Clarity {20}

Decisions

“Most decisions are seat-of-the-pants judgments. You can create a rationale for anything. In the end, most decisions are based on intuition and faith.” ~ American technologist, scientist, and businessman Nathan Myhrvold

You regularly have to make decisions based upon insufficient information. Only after you decide does time reveal whether the decision was sagacity, foolery, or something in between.

Decisions are always an intuitive leap from an initiating desire. Especially for the most significant decisions, which alter your life’s dynamics, the piddling capacity of conscious reasoning is sorely inadequate to capture and analyze the manifolds of implications. You must rely upon the mind’s subconscious cauldron to brew a solution. Insight is always subconsciously derived.

“It is always thus, impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, that we make our irrevocable decisions.” ~ French novelist Marcel Proust

The only way to hone your decision-making skill is to train your mind. Only by heightening sentience, lessening attachments, better comprehending processes, and fathoming the source of your satisfactions can you put yourself on the right path sure-footedly – well, as sure as can be considering all the imponderables and the vicissitudes that the unforeseeable future injects.

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~ American businessman Roy O. Disney

The glide path of your life smooths as you elevate yourself and gain contentment. Things which once seemed important melt away. You perceive qualities which were obscured and discard inessentials toward more prudent gratification.

Like comedy, the quality of decisions involves timing.

“The value of effort is timeliness.” ~ Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu

“Even a correct decision is wrong when it was taken too late.” ~ American businessman Lee Iacocca

Make decisions that serve your self-interest while being morally decent. To make a decision for others’ benefit but your own detriment is to assume the cost of a false responsibility. Slave not.

“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.” ~ American mystic Thomas Merton