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Thursday, January 17, 2008

I'm the queen of indecision--wait. Do I really want to write about this? It's something I struggle with, but will anyone else relate? Still, if I don't write about it, I'll probably wish later that I had. On the other hand, if I do write about it . . .

Life is made up of choices.

Think about it. The alarm clock goes off and we have to decide whether to turn it off and get out of bed or punch it into snooze for another ten minutes. Then we have to decide how many times we'll hit snooze before we'll finally slug our way to the coffeemaker.

And if we decide to stop at Starbucks on the way to work in the morning, by the time we decide on a coffee order (Short? Tall? Grande? Vasto? Latte? Espress? Blended? Over Ice? Hot? Whipped Cream?), it's lunchtime.

And if you need a good diet to shed a few pounds, what do you do? Read a book? Go to a class? Do a journal on-line? Go low carb, no carb, low fat, no-fat, alkaline, fish, cabbage, soup, all chocolate (just seeing if you're awake). WHAT do you do????

Don't even get me started on that whole hormone cream versus no hormone cream thing. What about holistic medicine, traditional medicine or NO medicine????

And how about that what-should-I-wear-today deal? For me it's a matter of what still fits in the closet. Unfortunately, my choices there are narrowed down to two outfits. It's a matter of if I want to wear black or BROWN (I just wanted to throw that in, in case Colleen reads this).

For dinner, do we want chicken, beef, fish or turkey? Or maybe go vegetarian? Shoot, maybe we should go straight for the dessert.

By the time I crawl back into bed at night, I'm exhausted from all the decisions I've had to make in my day. I turn over, stare at my alarm clock and sigh. What do I want to get me up in the morning, the buzzer, the radio or the chirping crickets?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 10:23 AM  
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At 1:54 AM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

Oh thats funny and scary. on the diet side i go for the chocolate option. Oh weight i am.
and i loved the BROWN comment you threw in.
Im glad im not a coffee drinker and we dont have a starbucks in this small town. (for that matter they are only in the cities here i think) but my next big choice is what to read next! now thats a delemia.
I hope you got some sleep before the alarm went off.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Choices with black and white answers are easy! Its the grey area questions that get me! The day to day choices are sometimes tough. I often ask myself how much these decisions really matter. Is it worth all the thinking I am putting into the answer? I tend to over think things often. Just ask my family or my teaching assistant. I know I make them nuts as I bounce things off of them. The older I get the more I discover that some days it just really doesn't matter.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Yep. Life REALLY IS made of choices, and I too find it difficult to choose. But what I REALLY hate is that when I finally DO make a decision--like I should grade papers instead of helping my daughter with her homework--then later I think, "Rats! I should have chosen the 'good mom' option instead of the 'good teacher' option!" I do the same thing at Starbucks: "Rats!" I say to myself. "Should have chosen the 'carmel frappacino' instead of the 'coffee flavor of the day.'" Yikes! That kind of thinking can drive me crazy: Know what I mean?

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Hilarious, Di! And WAY too true. About choosing an outfit? Last week I was down to ONE PAIR of jeans (no other pants) that fit me! OK, that's just not right!! :) So I let myself buy a single pair of (cheap) black pants in the next size up, to get me through. Then I got serious with my diet again. 2.5 down in a week, so I may not need my fat pants for too long!

BTW, I read about a study in which people were told they could approach one of two tables to choose a free item. One of the tables had an enormous number of choices. The other table had only six choices. MOST people approached the table with only six choices!!!! We are absolutely bombarded with choices these days. Remember Albert Einstein, who chose to own six or seven identical suits of clothing so that he'd never have to waste brain power on something so trivial as "what to wear"!

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Black, Di, only black! LOL

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Black is for widows. Brown is happier, and I like you in brown. I'm sure everyone knows because it's on tape from our writing with a partner class that Colleen publicly stated Diann doesn't look good in brown. Let's support her, shall we? LOL

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Kay said...

I am terrible with decisions, too. And like Pam said, I tend to second guess every decision when I finally do make it. I am completely overwhelmed by all the choices we have and blogged about it once upon a time.

But what a blessing that we live in a land of so many choices, as overwhelming as they may be!

Some places the choices look like this: do I eat the rice or give it to my son?

Good post!

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Eat pasta. Problem solved.


At 7:23 PM, Blogger Hopeful said...

OK, funny story. One time, I was on a retreat with my youth group, and then start this game. The guy speaking was super cute. Cute boy says, "Ok, the point is you're trying not so say 'no' or any form of that word." "Ok," I said. "All right, there was a fat guy and a skinny guy...which one?" In my mind, I thought, "Ok, is this a trick question? I'd normally say skinny guy, but maybe that's the I'll go with fat guy. But what if that is a weird option?" Finally, after what felt like hours, i said, "Fat guy." "Oh, you've heard this story before, haven't you?" Cute boy asked all disappointed. "No, I haven't!" I declare easrnestly."Oh!!!" THe whole table erupts. Haha.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

LOL - and Di, we've got to get you into some colors! There are soem great colors for Winters.

Now all you have to do is decide which one! Oops - wrong thing to ask. Sorry.

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

So glad you all can relate to the choices thing! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who struggles with this. *g*

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

You most certainly are not alone. My entire family suffers from indecisiveness - primarily because we're all people pleasers and hate the idea that we'll make a choice someone else will disapprove of. It takes us ages to select a restaurant when eating out, and I can't tell you the number of times I've walked out of a video or book store with nothing in hand simply because I could not make a choice.

But a wise man once told me, failure to make a choice is a choice in and of itself. And when it comes to making the big decisions, life will make a choice for you.

At 6:34 AM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

my big decision is what to read next! with about 150 books to choose from i dont know what to read.
ok I know I dont want to read a series cos i am going to the city on Monday and dont need to take a series of books with me.
but after that i really cant choose.
i guess tomorrow will do to choose

At 7:54 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Yes! What to read?! I can't believe I didn't add THAT to the blog! That's always a fun choice--but a difficult one too!

You're right, Kay, there are some who have much harder choices to make! I should be thankful for my easy ones--and truly I am. I'm just not very good at making them.

Thanks for the support, Kristin! LOL! BROWN RULES!!! *g*

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Tiffany Stuart said...

Having a writers giveaway at The Writing Road blog. Hope you will stop in during the month of January. Post a comment to be included.

At 12:25 AM, Blogger Deena said...

Talk about choices!

Do I want to read this book next, or this book?

Chick lit, or boomer lit?

Mystery and suspense, or gritty cop drama?

Fiction today, or non-fiction Christian living??

Oh, the agony:-)


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