Blog Post # 42 – Discomfort of the Gray

Yes or no. Binary thinking.

Black or white. Binary thinking.

Free or trapped. Binary thinking.

We so often find ourselves drawn to one extreme or another.

I may have eaten too much tonight, but tomorrow I will start on a diet.

Thinking I will make a lot of money this year and later thinking that I will die penniless.

I love this person; actually, I hate them.

Life is a lot easier when we live out on the extremes.

We don’t have to deal with the discomfort of the gray areas.

The spot where we have to be present.

Our true selves – knowing our strengths and our deficits.

Where we actually have to use our mind to identify where we actually are and where we might want to go.

Where we honestly reflect on the decisions that we have made and the consequences of those decisions.

Extremists of any sort are supremely confident that they are right and everyone else is wrong. This is the trap of binary thinking.

Are there any areas in our lives that we find ourselves on one end of the spectrum or the other?

Our time with the kids, our work/life balance, our relationship with our partner.

For today, maybe we can begin to ease off the fringe and inch towards the middle?

Or not.