Harder Choices are Easier to Make


Life is the sum of all your choices.  ~Albert Camus

We are all faced with hard-nearly impossible decisions, choices that can rattle our masterfully planned out life. Then, we must think, analyze and evaluate the relevant facts before us and make an informed choice. The importance of these choices are only self-evident; deciding which university to attend and accordingly which career path to follow, deciding on whom to spend the rest of your life with, the school to send your children to etc. These choices sculpture your life along with that of your loved ones. We know the repercussions of these choices all too well, reading them in advice columns, best seller books or just as words of guidance from the experienced.

So, I am not here to go on about how to make these hard choices. Rather, my focus is on the trivial less significant ones; like consciously deciding to wake up in the morning and not after six or seven snooze taps on the alarm clock, deciding to brush your teeth, wash your face, take a shower, have a small breakfast. At least, some of us leave these decisions to intuition or habit while others brush them aside as insignificant little choices with minimal repercussions observable in isolation. But imagine, at work you are suddenly (email from your boss while you are frantically rushing to work) forced to meet in an important client early in the morning, if you didn’t wake up on time, brush your teeth or have breakfast, the consequences from the combination of three trivial decisions can be catastrophic on your career. We are well aware that no client likes a late businessman with bad breath and a rumbling stomach and in hindsight we would have prepared better for such an important occasion.

What I am trying to say is that there is no such thing as “trivial” decisions, this adjective is only used since we are unable to comprehend the importance of the decision in isolation without hindsight. However, inability to comprehend its importance does not mean the non existence of it. My advise: pay attention to the little things in life and the harder more important decisions will become clearer and easier to make.

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