Sunday Inspiration: “Sort Out All the Arguments”

Daffodils 4 by Stephanie Berghauser at Stock.xchngI invented this rule for myself to be applied to every decision I might have to make in the future.

I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side.

I think it must be a rule something like this that makes jonquils and crocuses come pushing through cold mud. –Katherine Butler Hathaway

Ethical decisions are usually hard to make.

There is so much to consider, so many pros and cons that it’s so easy to get confused, we let others make decisions for us, or we make decisions by not deciding.

I would like to try to make my next decision based on Hathaway’s guideline: Move away from fear and toward creativity.  I would only add compassion.

How does that work for you?


  1. Holly on September 26, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I loved this post! If we could just break down our thought processes to think about “what could really happen?” maybe we could step beyond the fear and be re-energized…Thats how I feel when I push aside the nerves and just do something I have been hestiating about! For me it can be as simple as speaking my mind after I have thought out my answer. Or sticking to my opinion even when it is apparent that it is not the most popular. When, though, do we use compassion and when is the best choice to steer clear of someone because their energy is so toxic to our lives? An interesting question with no simple answer…

    • Emilie Richards on September 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      You’re right about this not being simple. But sometimes we have to take a big step back, don’t we?

  2. Sharon Scott on September 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I love your Sunday inspirations. Thank you Emilie

  3. Susan on September 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I try to add to the decision making process whether or not I am compassionate about a commitment or decision or making the decision due to expectations of others.

  4. Chelsea B. on September 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    It takes a long time for me to make a large decision. I have to weigh everything. I’ve found, though, that the route I usually take is the decision I’d keep coming back to. Like my heart was already made up, but my mind was being stubborn 🙂

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