In life there are difficult choices to make, but they need never bring rise to stress. In the face of difficulty, there’s always the option to choose the path of least resistance.
Most days we run on autopilot. There are many small decisions to be made throughout the day, but rarely anything too hard. It’s not as if we’re a president of a country or anything. My decisions most days are around:
- breakfast: choco hoops or porridge oats?
- drive to work: listen to the radio or a CD?
- at the office: archive the email or delete?
- in bed: read first or go to sleep?
You’ll agree, these are mostly tiny mundane choices – not really worth spending any real time deliberating over.
Then there are the other days when an event knocks me for six. At that moment, I really do have to make an important decision, the result of which will impact my future and the lives of those around me.
There are some situations where it might even feel like “I’ve got no option but to….”, where it feels like my right to choose has been taken away from me and I must go down a certain path, or else.
What troubles us is not the activity that we need to carry out. What troubles us is how we think we’ll behave when we perform that task. We forsee having to do it grudgingly and feeling horrible inside.
It needn’t be that way.
In those times, it’s important to do the work that needs to be done – we have a duty to perform our role and fulfil that task.
So how about this for an approach. Do it. Just for fun. Do it anyway. Enjoy it. Be enthused in it. Start it and see what happens.
The other option is not choosing another task. The other option is choosing that particular task, having some fun and getting it done.