Four Choices …


Almost Everything - gratisography.comAbout those four choices …

I am assuming that any of these four choices might be the ideal choice, given the situation or challenge which you face.   We make decisions every day, sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously, and sometimes by failing to decide. 

Context and Consistency are both important to consider here and should be a large part of your decision process. A battle may or may not be worth fighting on a particular day.  Choosing YOUR best response at a particular time is an essential skill. Anyone who tries to consistently choose any one of these options will probably fail to keep up what is a foolish consistency.

WE CAN IGNORE IT …

You can always decide to do nothing, which is different from not deciding.   When you decide to do nothing, you are evaluating the issue and making a conscious decision that the cost of doing something is outweighed by the  benefits of not doing something.

Just make sure you can do this with a quiet mind …

EXAMPLE:  I will not think about global climate change.  I’ll just watch television, while the snow falls, the rain spatters, and the sun beams down.

WE CAN WATCH IT …

Being an onlooker is doing something, although many might consider it to be the same as inaction.  The key here is HOW we watch whatever it is that we are watching.  Some people watch without cognitive or physical involvement … think couch potato and television.

On the other hand, if you care about something, but do not yet feel it important enough to act, you might decide to watch it … which means engaging enough to be aware of past, current, and possible future states, while having some objective criteria that you measure current state against.   

You watch it to know when you need to choose differently …

EXAMPLE:  I will follow the research on global climate change and check it for evidence for and against the need to act on that issue.  I will know more than if I ignore the problem. and have some “red flags” in mind for which I will be particularly vigilant.

WE CAN HELP or FIGHT IT …

Before you send angry messages my way reminding me that helping and fighting are two opposite actions, let me explain …

Whether you decide to support something or resist that something, you are still deciding to do something.   Furthermore, the thing you are deciding to do relates to the current situation or challenge … you are reacting to that.

Whichever direction, side, or faction you choose, you are engaged and doing …

EXAMPLE: (biased)  I will actively share articles warning about global climate change and disparage those who do not believe it a serious issue.   I will act on behalf of one group or another who talk about global climate change.

WE CAN FIX IT …

This idecision goes beyond simply supporting or resisting a thing.

When you choose to fix something, you are thinking beyond the past and current situation, with an eye toward changing whatever is into what it might become.   This is much more deeply involved with the something than simply working with what is now there.

Fixing is ultimately about a new state of affairs, where the old choices are gone …

EXAMPLE:  I will research global climate change deeply and objectively to come to a clear understanding of the issues and the potential outcomes or risks.  I will work with others to support both ongoing research to expand our knowledge, action to resolve those issues which carry risk to people and systems, and use my talents to reduce this problem to manageable levels or resolve it completely.

OK, that’s my thinking around our choices and what they mean.  Now it’s YOUR turn:

What choices available to each of us did I miss?

What is your personal default choice when facing a challenge?

What could you do to move to a different default?

Thinking through my own responses to “stuff” in the Heartland ….

John

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