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Choice Overload
By Debbie Walker   
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Last edited: Sunday, November 01, 2009
Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2009

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Little article about how many choices we have to make.

I’m Just Curious


Choice Overload


Recently I listened to a CD that my daughter-out-of-law shared with me from a church service she had attended. Since we have been talking for some time about feeling overwhelmed with daily life she knew I would be interested. Yes indeed, the man had my attention when he started discussing Choice Overload.


Have you ever taken just a few minutes to think about Choice Overload? Probably not, you don’t have time because you are so busy making choices. How about when you go to get dressed in the morning, do you have many choices of what you might wear that day? Out of all the clothes to choose from do you go for something different every day or are you sort of into a few outfits comfort zone? It would be embarrassing to count up how many choices I have. Since I discovered thrift stores my closet has grown by leaps and bounds! But do I choose something different everyday? Nope. I have a few outfits I wear over and over again; I just like knowing the choices are there.


When you go to the grocery store have you ever realized how many different meals are possible from that one store (if you have the imagination and cooking skills that I don’t possess)? Oh yeah, the money helps, too.


Which bank? Which pharmacy? Which Doctor? Which hospital? Which grocery store? Which restaurant? Those are only a few choices.


Then of course there are things like do you want to watch TV, sit at the computer or listen to your itunes (Out of my league)? Let’s pick the TV. How many channels do you have to choose from? In the course of a weeks time how many different channels do you watch? In my house the evening TV time usually is wound up in COPS (Ken loves those high speed chases, retired trucker, ya know!) Do you know how many hours of COPS one person can watch? I don’t know yet, I’m not done counting!! Oh, wait. How many TV’s do you have in your house? Do you have TiVo in case you can’t be there you can tape it?


Okay those are just a few for the adults. What about are kids? Do you think they may have choice overload in their lives? I’m not even getting into school life; I have been too removed from that for too long to do it justice. Home life: do they have a choice of what they want to eat or is it one meal for all? Do they have the choice of TV, computer, video games, movies, texting to friends, talking on the phone. Oh man, phone, when you are all at home how many phones would that be? In this house of 2 of us and the dog we have a choice of our own cell phones (that don’t work at home often, great away from home) and of course the house phone. The house phone still gives you choices; do you want to use the bedroom phone, the kitchen phone, the one in the spare bedroom or the one out in the garage?


Believe it or not, or maybe you are like me. When I was growing up we had one car, one phone, one choice for dinner, Dad had control of the TV that got 2 stations in pretty good and the third a bit fuzzy. The phone was primarily for emergencies, party line at that. I guess that depended on whose emergency was worse, I don’t remember now. Oh, you might listen to a radio or a record player or even………maybe read a book. And God help you had you been foolish enough to say you were bored you only ever said it once till your memory lapsed. Being bored equaled Dad and Mom coming up with chores to take any thought of boredom away. Did we have choice overload then? Looking back at it now I don’t think so but my great grandmother probably would disagree, God love her, if she were still here.


Slow down just long enough to ask yourself if you are experiencing Choice Overload? Do you think those choices have made our lives simpler or do you think it may be part of that so well used word “stress”?


I’m just curious as usual.


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