Buying Sheep

In Driving Over Lemons Chris Stewart makes and interesting statement about making the decision to buy a flock of sheep. After experiencing “covetous thoughts” at the sight of a flock of sheep on the hillside he says:

A decision I had delayed making began to resolve itself and press for action.

How are decisions made? What is our basis for choosing one action over another? This decision, which had been on the back burner as a possibility, brought itself forward by an emotional reaction. He saw sheep and knew that he wanted sheep, so he went and bought sheep.

This is a decision based on feeling and knowing, rather than thinking and analysing. There may be research and a certain amount of mulling over of options behind it, but the actual decision comes in its own time.

I have been exploring this kind of intuitive decision making for myself. It’s very tempting to be logical and systematic, but decisions that are based on rational thinking alone don’t always deliver the best outcome. It’s not that intuitive decision making is illogical, it’s just that it does not give logical and linear thinking priority over other faculties.

There are a lot of good things we can choose in life, but we cant choose them all, and we need to draw on the heart and soul, as well as the mind, to distinguish between them.


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