Making Wise Decisions

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Before I get “blogosphere” throwing bricks at me, I’d like to explain in a few words the reason I’ve been so MIA. I’ve been literally racking my brain cells and use it fully to focus on exams and I’m so happy to finally say that I’m no longer a high-schooler! The struggle is finally over and I have a few months of continuous blogging (hopefully) with time in my hands. So, i decided to do a post that sort of relates to high school or any other phases in life which involves making tough decisions.

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The moment you get up in the morning, you are faced with two options. To keep dreaming, or to wake up and make that dream a reality. The lazy ones with no purpose in life will fall back into a deep slumber while others with purpose enthusiastically start their day. That itself, is a tough decisions. Our life constantly revolves around making those decisions. The outcome is dependent on that decision we make.

Is it important to make the right decision?

AkPxVt8CQAIiIqW.png-largeFor some, decision making is a skill. For others, its a struggle. However, making a choice doesn’t always have to be the right one. It does shape our future, yet the future is not a constant. It can change, it can be “fixed” (Scandal reference right there!). I for one make the worst decisions. I once decided to bring my phone to the toilet and guess what happened to it. We all make bad decisions, It is ALL RIGHT. Its not the end of the world! (yet!) You empower that decision. A few things needs to be considered to make wise decisions. These include;

Never Be Overwhelmed

Under stressful situations, Its a human tendency to make bad decisions. Always remember to see the picture clearly and decide according to it. Take the time needed, haste leads to waste.

Re Evaluate (3T’s: Think Things Through)

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Always consider the possible outcomes that is an effect of the options that you are faced with. E.g. Should i eat a donut or frozen strawberries when craving for a sweet tooth. Although donut tastes 3456798388x better, strawberries are 456893930028727x healthier. Every decision you make has a consequence followed by it. Once we learn to evaluate our decisions, thats when all other considerations fall into place. If it gets complicated write down the pros and cons possibly with the help of a venn diagram

So, how do you know which decision to make?Unknown-Decisions-Are-The-Hardest-Thing

This is one of the hard parts because instead of thinking whats good for us we tend to choose what we favour more. What we want is always what we need. Yet, what we need isn’t always what we want. So instead of focusing on what we want, ask yourself “What is the best for you?”

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”
― E.E. Cummings

At the end of the day, we all want to be winners in life. We want to know that we have made the right decisions. Success is a matter of perception, just as happiness is. They are both very subjective. Keep in mind that no decision is purely good, or bad. No matter what decision you make in the end, believe that it is your best choice. Choose to be positive and confident about it.

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”- Paula Coelho

Listen to your heart. Be bold. Set a goal. Take a chance.

-S

Take a Moment: Ebola Outbreak

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“Take a Moment” is a special blog post that focuses on current worldwide issues that we tend to neglect. Acknowledging these issues by including them in our prayers and showing compassion through certain ways possible.

Ebola patient in critical condition.

Ebola patient in critical condition.

The Ebola Virus Disease also known as EVD (EHF) causes serious illness and even fatality after its first major outbreak in West Africa, 1976.  The contagious disease has caused deaths recently in March 2014, spreading across land borders. Continuous research trials has been carried out to find a vaccine to contain the disease. The fast-tracked pace of the trial has been dictated by the alarming spread of this deadly virus, which has killed more than 3800 people.

Thomas Eric Duncan, first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S deceased after a week in an isolation ward with critical condition.

Thomas Eric Duncan, first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S deceased after a week in an isolation ward with critical condition.

Compassion in Action

The first Ebola patient diagnosed was exposed to the disease while trying to help an infected pregnant woman to a hospital in Liberia, where she was turned away due to lack of space. He then helped her get home and carried her into the house where she passed away. Despite knowing the fact that it was a dangerous disease, he risked his life for a noble deed.

“His suffering is over,” his partner Louise Troh said in a statement. “My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God. Our deepest sympathies go out to his father and family in Liberia and here in America. Eric was a wonderful man who showed compassion toward all.”

His compassion touched many people who are still mourning his loss and inspired many more to help the helpless. Every act of kindness counts just as every drop in the ocean.

An act of compassion doesn’t have to be giving up our life for others. Even holding a door for the person behind you or smiling at a stranger (well not in a creepy kind of way- but you know what i mean!). I can assure you  the Joy in helping others, is indescribable! Just like a rush of adrenaline. Not convinced? Try it out yourself!

I DARE YOU TO COMPLETE AT LEAST ONE OF THESE 🙂 

  1. Take a MomentVisit someone lonely/ill and console them.
  2. Offer a hug to someone crying.
  3. Cheer up someone angry.
  4. Offer your seat to an elderly.
  5. Offer a streetwalker a ride.
  6. Tip a waiter generously.
  7. Give a person you dislike a compliment.
  8. Buy lunch for a homeless person.

Without compassion, humanity ceases to exist.

Stop being and start acting! x

-S