Choosing Wisely

Sometimes decision-making is easy: choose A or choose B, say yes to one and no to the other. In society today, more often than not, there are a variety of choices.  In many ways, variety is the spice of life and most Americans delight in true freedom of choice, whether it involves work, lifestyle, friends, belief systems, political candidates or places to live. However, we do have to make up our minds dozens of times a day about moderately important items, and dozens of times in our lives, about crucial, life-effecting choices. Because of mobility, education and resources that many of us have, the need to choose has multiplied exponentially over the past century. How can we deal with decision-making overload?

Walking down the street one day, at fifteen years old, it hit me. I had more than one choice about things. Some people were advising me to go one way on a certain issue, others were suggesting the opposite, and both were saying there were only two choices. I began to see that there were several other possible choices, and that I needed to see all of them and evaluate each in relation to the others. That insight was a big deal for a fifteen year old … it has stayed with me ever since. When I have to choose between one or the other, I try very hard to determine if these are, in fact, my only choices.

Every choice has consequences. Being able to think through the consequences of very important choices, and actually imagine them is an important step. The next step is to get beyond the thought process to the level of feeling and intuition. Sometimes the rational mind says one thing, but the heart says another. The real question … what does the whole you, the whole person decide, despite the conflicting elements from outside, and the conflicting emotions within?

The answer to that question is … you have to not only know the choices and consequences well, but you must know what is in your heart before you make up your mind.


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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.