Daily life decision-making

It’s Wednesday morning. In Norway, they have movies at half price in the early afternoon on Wednesdays1, and I did consider going today. It’s only a five-minute walk.

How do I decide whether to go or not?

If there is a movie I really want to see and I have the schedule open, I usually go. An easy decision was, for instance, Asteroid City last summer.

This time, I checked the movies with the pendulum last night. (I just use my fingers as if I hold a pendulum.) The five movies all got between six and seven out of ten. Usually, I don’t do something unless it’s eight or higher.

This morning, I still wasn’t quite sure so I used another test. I tell myself: I can do it if I want, and I want to do it. And then: I can do it if I want and I don’t want to do it. For each of these, I check in with the response in my body. My body felt alive and excited with the second, and less so with the first.

The combined pendulum and the “I can do it if I want” test made the decision easy. I decided not to go. So far, I am content with the decision. The upside is that I get to do a few more things at home and my body gets more rest so it can recharge more.

Of course, this is a trivial example. It likely doesn’t matter much whether I go or not. But it is an example of decision-making, and that’s important.

NOTES

(1) It’s mainly for retired people although it’s open to anyone. It’s the only time I go to see movies in the movie theater since most of the people going are older and quiet. Other times, there is often too much talking and noisy eating of popcorn and sweets. The distractions make it not worth it.

The image is from Asteroid City


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DAILY LIFE DECISION MAKING

In Norway, they have movies at half price during the day on Wednesdays. If there is a movie I really want to see and I have the schedule open, I usually go. (It’s the only time I go to see movies in the movie theater since most of the people going are retired and quiet. Other times, there is often too much talking and too much noisy eating of popcorn and sweets, which is too distracting for me.)

How do I make a decision whether to go or not? As I mentioned, sometimes it’s easy because it’s a movie I really want to see. (Like Asteroid City last summer.)

This time, I checked the movies with the pendulum last night. (I just use my fingers as if I hold a pendulum.) The movies got six-seven mostly out of ten. Usually, I don’t do anything unless it gets eight or higher.

This morning, I used the usual test. I tell myself: I can do it if I want, and I want to do it. And then: I can do it if I want and I don’t want to do it. And then check in with the response in my body. My body felt alive and excited with the second, and less so with the first.

So combined with the pendulum and the “I can do it if I want” test, I decided not to go and am content with the decision.

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