Monday, February 27, 2012
Processing Advice - Prayed, Weighed, and Saved
Before I go to anyone else, I pray. Yes, there's wisdom in many counselors, but I need to go to the Greatest Counselor and the scriptures.
When I'm facing major decisions, I don't go to just anyone. I go to people I know who pray and who understand me both as a person and as a writer.
Recently, I requested input on a certain matter. Each person I approached brought up things I hadn't considered. Their thoughts gave me additional information to sort through and make a decision.
I tucked away their comments in my memory bank. Further research and more prayer helped me reach the answer I needed.
Writers & Readers: How do you make important decisions regarding your writing and your life? Do you have any other methods to share with us?
I couldn't resist this cute piggy bank. :)
Photos: bjearwicke, kirsche222
Posted by Susan J. Reinhardt at 12:01 AM
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Oh I like your method. I tend to sit on it (which is the equivalent of praying and weighing) for at least three days.
What a cute post! Good method too.
Hi Wendy - I've found making a hasty decision often means disaster. If I'm being pressured, the warning flags go up.
Hi Linda - Thanks on both counts!
Very good method! I appreciate this reminder to start the week!
I think you covered the bases, Susan. Very well! You boiled it down to the basics.
My husband is my top (human) advisor. I am so thankful, then, for the others God has put in my life that I trust to tell me the truth. That really is a priceless gift.
I pray and weigh too!
This is a good process. I find I tend to make decisions about my writing career faster than personal decisions and I think it would be smart to take a bigger step back from those issues and do more praying.
I like this very much. I may go to someone for prayer, but it is after I have prayed on my own first. I like your idea of saving the output from others. Sometimes something they say will apply later to another problem. I usually date and write down these brief prayer times. When I find the note later, something jumps off the paper that I can use.
Good method, Susan.
As to how I make important decisions, I pray on it and seek the advice of people whose opinion I respect. I also make a list of pros and cons to try and see the situation more objectively.
Have a great week. :-)
A very wise method, Susan. :) I love getting input from others, but I do try to limit the number of people I confide in. Sometimes too many voices can cloud the waters.
Hi Karen - Thanks for popping in!
Hi Rhonda - I try not to get complicated, but keep everything easy to understand. :)
Hi Loree - Yay for praying and weighing!
Hi Cindy - That's an interesting point. We may use a decision-making method in one area of our lives but forget to apply it to our writing.
Hi Nancy - If I don't write things down, they slip away. It's a good practice and part of my journaling.
Hi Janette - Yes, I've also written down the pros and cons. Someone seeing things on paper helps me focus.
Hi Sarah - Another good point. Also, some people have more expertise in an area than others.
This is a good formula for making decisions. I try to use the prayer aspect. I need to weigh things against the needs I have and the needs of my family. I only have a few people I can talk to about personal issues.
This is a lot of good advice. sandie
Hi Sandy -
Thanks. I hope you found it helpful.
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