I was given a church newsletter by a friend in which the priest’s column was about the decision making process for enlarging the organ.  He described the process he had been through to get advice from appropriate individuals and groups.  However, there was one person who was not satisfied and was agitating for a congregational meeting. The priest said the appropriate people had been involved, the decision had been made and that was the end of it.  He ended by saying that when a new building would be needed he hoped there would be a new priest to deal with that.

That led me to cogitating about decision making and I was shortly overwhelmed.  We spend most of our time making decisions and I don’t have to list examples.  As children we work hard to push ourselves into the process of making decisions about ourselves.  When we get partial control of that process, from the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed, our time is consumed in making decisions of which we are a part.

Books are written about how best to make decisions and nothing seems to change.  Now I understand why.  It’s what we do all the time and there is no real way we can separate ourselves from any decision making process of which we are part.  My whole professional message about making impartial decisions in teaching just went up in smoke.  And I suspect that is true in any other occupation.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

  1. #1 by Terry Jackson on May 9, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    I think there is a difference between impartial and intentional decision making. There are things we do automatically because it’s a habit – and it’s easier for us to automate these things. One of the important things for us is to make intentional and informed decisions….you are a great model for that and someone who has taught me much about knowing your own heart and using the wisdom of others to inform and focus good decisions. God bless you always….

  2. #2 by John Boswell on May 10, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    Terry, thank you for your kind comments and for dragging us back to the real point of my little essay which had turned into a rant.

  3. #3 by Terry Jackson on May 11, 2014 - 2:38 am

    Rant away! I enjoy those too!

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