Neither Your Decision Nor Mine

In our day to day life we are constantly faced with formidable task of making choices. The choice we make is sometimes influenced by instant gratification, at other times by a sense of responsibility but quite often it is nothing more than mere adherence to a routine. Decision making is not made any easier by the mind that tends to vacillate even so often. In fact, could compound the problem. It conjures all sorts of brilliant rational, reasons and justifications for that moment’s indulgence.

There is a streak in us that un-forgivingly assaults the conscience with strictures that tends to dwarf your self-esteem. Life inevitably becomes a sea-saw that alternates between hedonism and virtue, pleasure and pain and between self castigation and achievement. Most of the decisions that we make are fraught with short term implications. And the stakes are not very high as well.

There are times when we are faced with crunch situations. And the decision we make could alter the course of not just our life but also impact the lives of others. As the stakes rise, so does the hesitation. The head and heart seem to wrestle each other for supremacy. The left brain keeps a strict debit and credit account of every alternative. The right brain pops up with very intuitive suggestions. The ego cautions one about what “the others” will say.

Amidst the jumble of voices the soul gets hushed and so remains unheard or unheeded. Repeated attempts to evoke audibility above all the din makes it barely discernible. The voice of the soul or the inner voice needs amplification. The voice within is the voice that helps you blend reality with dreams. It harmonises the internal and the external. It is holistic mix of practicality and possibility.

The feeling of being in total control while making a decision is an illusion because our decisions are based largely on circumstances. The circumstances are beyond our control however powerful one might be. A decision is a way out of a maze of circumstances. We certainly cannot design the maze as per our choice. The impact of the situational maze restricts our decision making to a very narrow bandwidth of exercising our choice.

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