Life really is full of decisions. Every single day, all day long, we are making decisions. It’s been said that we make up to 35,000 decisions every day. Some are small and seemingly insignificant while others are overwhelming in magnitude. Many of our daily decisions affect only ourselves while others can impact those around us and beyond. How do we make our decisions?
What happens if we don’t decide? Or is that a decision in itself?
Many years ago, my husband and I adopted a phrase that our young daughter created. She was about 5 years old at the time and was riding shotgun alongside my husband, on their way into town, about an hours drive. They were just chatting about random topics. She loved to talk and could carry on quite a conversation for such a young girl. It was a dreary, rainy day in Oregon and my husband was sharing with her that he was struggling with knowing what to do in a situation he was facing.
They sat in silence as the wiper blades went back and forth, back and forth. She pondered what he shared, then confidently said,
“Daddy, sometimes you just need to make a decide.”
Truer words have never been spoken. It’s true what they say, isn’t it? Out of the mouths of babes…
Every day we are faced with situations and choices we must navigate. Will I get up when my alarm goes off or hit the snooze button? Workout or watch Netflix? Should I have pizza or a salad for dinner? What about saving my money to pay cash for that new phone or use my credit card so I can have it right now? Should I tell my husband how upset I am or pretend everything is fine?
Choices. Decisions. All day long. Day after day. Every. Single. Day.
The thing is, even the ones that seem small and insignificant may have an impact greater than we realize. Every decision we make builds on a previous decision. Every decision we make tells us a little bit more about who we are. Am I a person of good character or not? Authentic or phony? A stand up person or a pushover? Am I selfish or do I put others first? Every decision is an opportunity to show our true colors, to demonstrate who we really are.
I want to live my life in a way that influences people for good. Kindness, courage, love, respect, honesty, strength, integrity–these values are important to me.
How about you? What kind of person are you going to be? Do you know you have control over that? Who will you choose to be today? It’s time to just make a decide.