It’s funny how certain things in life forces perspective to thrive in our quiet moments. When the work day is over, the house is still, the TV plays in the background, or music squawks throughout the room; it entices your thoughts away from the daily routine. I’ve always been obsessed with how the human mind works. How we organize thoughts, information, emotion, and circumstance. It’s amazing to me how when the quiet moments arrive, it’s often a presence in the room that allows the speed of thoughts to slow down.
For me my thoughts are constantly flying and filing the days results and figuring out a way to do a better job tomorrow. When perspective arrives though, it stalls and interrupts the process enabling me to stop and to consider the deeper aspect of my actions and choices. It’s weird how we will ignore the critical thought process that we should be applying to the tougher, deeper decisions in our lives. We will put up wall after wall to block us from truly immersing ourselves into the depths of how the choices we make or are made for us will and are affecting us. I am horrible at this, I fill my day with plenty of work, both professional and personal, just so that I am in a deficit of time. I will choose inaction (which is a choice and an action in itself) just so that I can say I have not had the time nor the resources to make a sound decision. I will request more time to consider my options even though I’ve made my decision long before my procrastination.
I love that saying that when you flip a coin it forces you to choose, you can’t wait forever with inaction, you’re propelled to choose. We call it our gut, our instinct, our intuition; it’s a calculated choice made from our current circumstance whether we believe to acknowledge it or not. It’s amazing how fast our minds work, we apply all forms of critical thinking, information gathering and sorting to derive a final choice. The choice is often made long before we utter it from our lips. We waffle on whether our choice is right, whether we came to that conclusion soundly or if we have enough information to move forward with that option.
I believe everyone is endowed with the capability to make the necessary choices when put into any circumstance. It’s whether they have the wisdom to know if their choice is the right one for the moment. Too often we confuse knowledge and the collection of information as a choice. In it’s entirety information will lead to a conclusion but it is wisdom and critical thinking that will determine whether our choice is the best one.
When speaking of perspective I will look at my options and it isn’t until an inconsequential event causes me to rethink and recalculate my unknown decisions. My recalculation is rooted in a preliminary decision. We choose to ignore that we had come to a decision long ago, before perspective arrived to upheave our predetermined choices, and placed them in our gut. Perspective enables us to reevaluate the validity of our decisions and to weigh them against our current collection of morality, law, belief, and circumstance. It allows us to truly immerse ourselves into the situation or choice and to play the proverbial chess master role-playing every decision before we come to a conclusion that we are comfortable with. It’s interesting that perspective seems to provide clarity but more often it gives us the freedom to come to terms with a previously elected decision that is within the parameters of our current worldview.
What do you think?