Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I read somewhere that the human brain makes about 1 billion decisions on any typical day. Most of these decisions are on a subconscious, or automatic level - like whether to breath in or breath out at any given time.....those are the very easy decisions. Some of these decisions are more difficult - like which college to attend, what career to pursue, whether to buy or rent, etc. Somewhere in between are the decisions to choose what we eat. For most of us this is a decision of luxury. Only about 25% of the earth's population has a multitude of options available to then as to what to put in their mouth. That leaves the rest of the world to make easy decisions because most of the time there is no decision involved - a hungry, starving person will eat whatever is put before him, or whatever he can harvest, kill or steal. I want easy food decisions, but I do not want to be cast into this lot.
So I have all these tough food decisions to deal with - because I am part of the fortunate lot. Over most of my life I have made very bad decisions. Decisions based upon immediate pleasure, not long term affect. So here I am, trying to train my mind to make smart decisions that are easy, almost subconscious - like breathing. For in that path there is true success. How to train my mind to operate this way has been the toughest decision of my life - when I decide on an answer, I'll let you know. In the mean time, my mind is working overtime on its 1,000,000,001st decision of each day!