There is No Easy Button

A Picture of an Staples, Inc. easy button

A Picture of an Staples, Inc. easy button (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are times in our lives when, in spite of all the experience we’ve gained, in spite of all the books we’ve read, in spite of all the advice we’ve asked for and received, there is no clearly obvious answer to the question “Now what do I do?” or “How do I respond to that?”

When sitting still, when maintaining the status quo for at least a bit longer is absolutely not an option; when the pros and cons have been written down, when the risks, benefits, potential outcomes have been analyzed and then analyzed again and there is still no clear solution, then what?

When the only obvious choice is to move, then close your eyes, take a deep breath and go with the option that feels right, or perhaps, just feels less wrong.  Perhaps even harder, don’t second-guess your decision when everyone else around you is.  That doesn’t mean refusing to alter from the course; it means recognizing you made a decision based on what you knew and felt at that moment.

There is no easy button and while sometimes we may wish there was, it is during the tough times we find out just how strong we really are.

7 thoughts on “There is No Easy Button

  1. Hi Laurie,
    Love this post It is so well written and the absolute truth.

    I used an ‘easy’ button in my classroom. When I’d ask kids to do something they were afraid to do, usually the first time they had to speak in front of the class, I’d let them hit the ‘easy’ button when they finished. It made us chuckle every time.

    Keep sharing your wise words.


    • Dauna, what a wonderful idea! Very often, once we take the leap and do what scares us, we find out it was a lot easier than we feared. And if not, we can at least pat ourselves on the back for making that leap into the unknown. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Laurie,

    There have definitely been times in my life when this has happened. It felt like there was no clear direction and no clear right thing to do. During these times, I think we just have to do the best we can each day. And then at some time in the future, we will get some clarity as to what it all meant and why we went through it.

    As you mentioned, I think going with the option that feels the most right is a good strategy.

    In addition, perhaps there is some way to be creative and transform the way the situation is viewed. That may be challenging, but it helps me sometimes to try to look at a situation in a different way. Maybe there is a 3rd way to look at the situation instead of just the 1st or 2nd way.

    I also do my best in these situations to find something to be grateful for and try to think about what is positive about this or what positive things could eventually come out of this.

    • Good point, Greg. Reframing the question or the situation can provide new insight and options. Thank you for that input. And looking for for the positive is always a great strategy when moving through challenging or difficult times.

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