Recent newspaper headlines, as well as my own daily dilemmas, have got me thinking about the nature of decision-making and intuition.
The big one in the UK news at the moment is the debate on whether to launch airstrikes in Syria; to bomb, or not to bomb, that is the question. The country holds its breath and braces itself for the inevitable.
Call me simplistic, but I am unable to see how more bloodshed could represent any kind of moral victory or progress. Call me naive, but I doubt I’m alone in not wanting to live in a world where the biggest bomb represents the loudest voice.
“But we can’t just do nothing!” is the response I usually get when I profess this point of view. But in a situation like this, there is no such thing as doing nothing. There is making a decision to stand up for peace. There is no such thing as a fight for peace, only a fight for supremacy.
Obviously this particular scenario is one which has far-reaching implications, and bears very little resemblance to my own personal dilemmas. What to wear in the morning or how to respond to a difficult situation in my own life, is not quite in the same league. But so often I am crippled by indecision.
A wise friend of mine once told me, if you really don’t know what to do, do nothing. Wait until you do know. Initially I was confused by this, surely doing nothing represents a kind of action in itself. But I’ve come to realise that what she meant was that you always know what to do. It is simply a matter of listening to and trusting your own intuition. Waiting until the voice within is loud and clear enough.
With regards to my own life, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a wrong decision. Only a different path and a different lesson. I’m not sure that’s the case with dropping bombs, but only time will tell.