I like to hedge my bets, cap the risk. I want the maximum upside with the least downside. Some think of it as having the good and the bad, both at the limits, with no repercussions; a life full of great ice cream, wonderful pie, and awesome coffee that magically provides great nutrients, food balance, and life sustaining sustenance. I do not approach it that way. I try to maximize the upside while eliminating any loss.
This particular approach often spills over into every part of life. I turn right to go to the subway from the New York apartment partially because I know I will get a gentle good morning and great cup of coffee when I stop by and see Jordan. I find myself taking a particular way home in Redlands because of the peaceful views it affords me. Purchases, choices, and decisions all pivot on how many different ways I find positive outcomes. I want to maximize my upside while avoiding idle time with no benefits.
Ironically, the process does not stop with simple choices. I construct ideas and paradigms that I can view and use in multiple ways. Metaphorically, the story of the wood worker rings true in my life. “He first cuts down a cedar, or maybe picks out a pine or oak, and lets it grow strong in the forest, nourished by the rain. Then it can serve a double purpose: Part he uses as firewood for keeping warm and baking bread; from the other part he makes a god that he worships—carves it into a god shape and prays before it.” (Isaiah 44.14, 15)
It is a great approach! Even if I am wrong, I get a great meal out of it and stay warm in the interim. Everything takes a step forward, or does it?
We do not need to economize every choice. The greatest choices in life are just that. We choose our life partner without a safety net. We love our children without reservation. We believe in our God while letter go of our self/gods.
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