Saturday, April 24, 2010

Decisions, decisions, and peace

Sometimes having too many options, too many
decisions to make can be a bad thing. How many
surfers have large quivers with a healthy variety
of surfboards, shapes, and sizes? I know I'm guilty for sure.
I've got almost every kind of board imaginable from a 5'8"
retro fish to a 10'10" SUP with just about everything in between.
I own longboards, shortboards, guns, eggs, single fins, twin fins,
tri fins, and a quad. Got all my bases covered I guess, but
sometimes all it does is confuse me. Sometimes I wish
I didn't have so many choices, so many decisions to make.
It sure was easier when all I had to do was grab my only board
go surf.

Life can seem a lot like picking out a board to ride. To
many choices can lead to too much stress. Narrowing
down the array of options can be a relief, can provide peace.
Recently I've had to make some decisions, I found myself
thinking about and exploring all the options
available. Like many, I asked others for their advice. I heard
lots of ideas, lots of opinions, lots of choices. It
became almost overwhelming. After a bit of time, some meditation
and thought I reached my own decision. I decided what I would
do, which board I'd ride as it were. No more second guessing.
Odd how peaceful it can become when you make a decision, pick
the board you'll ride.

Make your own decision. One that is right for
you. You can second guess forever, wonder if you've chosen the
right path, the right board, or you can mindfully
and thoughtfully pick one, have confidence in it and enjoy
your session. It's your choice.


Dave said...

Hi Doc,

Great post! - I felt my blood pressure drop as I read it. Lao Tzu said,"More is less". Many people get this wrong by saying,"Less is more" - something to meditate on.


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Stray Cat said...

I concur re: having too many choices. I find myself taking things too seriously which turns me into a mass of indecision, trying to make the "right" decision, whatever that is. Does it even exist? Then again, this might be my own filter speaking cynically . . .