Decisions and the Bigger Picture
Even the decision to take a particular path in life must be made many times. When we choose to try to live our lives a certain way, we will still face many ongoing and small choices within the grander ones. Those smaller decisions, often made with less contemplative introspection, can still be momentous in their own right.
I sometimes think that a decision is rarely the start of something; we are usually in the middle of things.
Our seemingly small decisions can lead us towards divergent paths of our journey that we never anticipated because they are caught up in other narratives — our own and those of other people. We usually see this in hindsight. It’s a reminder that helps me consider some of my seemingly smaller decisions with more thought about who besides myself might be affected, and how.
Our decisions are not just about outcomes. In some way they are also about formation. Decision-making is also about self-reflection, and coming to terms with who we are, how we perceive ourselves and who we might want to be.
I wonder what would change if each time we considered a decision, we thought not so much about what we wanted, but rather about the kind of person we wanted to be. A decision made for the benefit of our future self. Or, rather, our becoming self.
Ultimately, no one else can make a final decision for us. In some way we all end up making decisions on our own. But the process of doing so is often where I think we learn the most about ourselves.
I offer you that kernel of myself that I have saved somehow — the central heart that deals not in words, traffics not with dreams and is untouched by time, by joy, by adversities. —Jorge Luis Borges
1.the bigger picture
You have to consider the bigger picture.
你要有全局意识。 / 你要顾全大局。
英 [?i?v?n] 美 [?i?v?n]
英 [p??t?kj?l?] 美 [p?r?t?kj?l?r]
Do you have a particular reason for not liking me?
4.a certain way
近义表达：a particular way
certain adj. 特定的
英 [????ɡ????] 美 [?ɑ?n?ɡo???]
英 [ɡr?nd] 美 [ɡr?nd]
UK /k?n?templ?t?v/ US /k?n?templ?t?v/
contemplate v. 冥想，沉思
UK /??ntr??spek?n/ US /??ntr??spek?n/
retrospection n. 回顾
英 [m??ment?s] 美 [m??ment?s]
9.in one's own right
本身就……（as a result of one's own efforts）
He's a successful businessman in his own right, but he simply can't avoid living in the shadow of his father.
10.lead somebody toward(s) something
英 [?da??v??d??nt] 美 [da??v??rd??nt]
英 [?n?t?s?pe?t] 美 [?n?t?s?pe?t]
13.be caught up in something
英 [?n?r?t?v] 美 [?n?r?t?v]
In hindsight, the College Entrance Examination was probably the fairest competition in life.
英 [f???me??n] 美 [f??r?me??n]
form v. 形成
17.come to terms with
18.for the benefit of
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