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Choices (Photo credit: anyjazz65)

Today’s choice was narrowed to “obvious”, “openness”, “organize” and “options”. I like things that are obvious. I don’t like playing guessing games with life. I like concrete answers. I like people that are open. I don’t like people that have an agenda, you never know where you stand with them. I like to organize-things, my schedule, my life. I don’t like chaos. I could write volumes about each of these but I’m going to settle on “options” because “options” is really just another word for “choices.” And I’m a big believer that we all have choices about most things in our life.

We’ve been updating our big old farmhouse. I had a general idea where I was headed with the house. I wanted to ditch the heavy, wood-grained look and go for something crisper.I have made a lot of painting color choices. In this case I wish I hadn’t had so many options. At one point, I had nine, NINE, samples of white paint. I never realized there were so many different whites.

Painting the furniture,however, was a no-brainer. I had been studying decorating websites and magazines for months and months and when the time came to decide, it all just kind of fell into place. I am fairly confident in my decorating abilities as it is one of my passions. It’s been my experience that when we’re passionate about something we’re usually good at it. I feel like I make good decorating choices. At least most of the time.

I have a cousin who is passionate about cooking and she’s a wonderful cook. I’m not passionate about cooking-enough said about my culinary skills.

But when it comes to people, our options can become very complicated. Things are just things. People are people; they can hurt and they can be hurt. Relationships can be damaged forever if we choose the wrong words for example.

Sometimes there are more options than the obvious but they usually only show up after we’ve let some time lapse. Most things in life can sit on the back burner for awhile. Often they resolve themselves if we let them sit and simmer.That’s the wonderful thing about options. You even have choices about your choices!