So often we are faced with decisions in our daily lives. Regular or decaf? Try to beat the yellow light or sit through a one and half minute red? Call your Ex or sign up for Eharmony? Do something or do nothing? That last one always seems to slip under the radar of our consciousness.
When we do nothing, we convince ourselves that we haven’t made a choice at all. However, the opposite is true. Consider a situation in which you find out that a friend is stealing from the company you both work for. You have two choices:
1. Don’t tell your managers and watch them be constantly lied to
2. Tell them and risk the loss of a long time friendship
Stressed by the choices you face, you do nothing. You sit back and tell yourself that you don’t need to get involved; this is not your choice to make. But is that really the case? An outside observer can tell you instantly that in doing nothing, you have indeed chosen to do something – you have chosen to not tell the truth.
Such situations present themselves much more often than we believe both in large situations and small. So bear in mind that the next time you comfort yourself with the idea of doing nothing, really, you’ve made your choice.