Saturday, March 21, 2009

Desperate Times

they call me Mellow Yellow....
Originally uploaded by Amadika

"Desperate times call for desperate measures." ~ Unknown

I beg to differ slightly. Most of the time desperate times do not call for desperate measures.

Think about your own life. In your most desperate moments, what was usually the best reaction? Was it quick, desperate action out of the emotion of the moment or was it a clear, well thought out solution? I don't know about you, but when I think about my more desperate moments in life, when I made a heat of the moment decision based on the emotion of the moment, I usually made a mistake. Sometimes that mistake made things even worse.

  • The person desperate for love and affection may take the desperate action of marrying someone that will make their life even more desperate.
  • The person desperate for spirituality, but unsure of how to obtain it, may take the desperate action of following a charismatic leader into a cult.
  • The person desperate for fast money may turn to spam and other unscrupulous activities.
  • The person out of work and desperate for a job may lie on their resume or application, causing themselves more headaches when some of the facts are checked out.
I could go on, but you get the point. Any more to add?


Danny Brown said...

Take a deep breath and count to ten. Going with gut is often the right choice, but just as often hindsight shows that not to be the case.

Easiest way to think about it? You've got a lifetime to live with a snap decision - is that really how you want to see things pan out?

Andrew Weaver said...

Excellent point. Instead of getting caught up in the emotion of the moment, one of the best things to do is to take a step back, take a deep breath and then decide.