{this post is part of Five-Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo Baker}

How it works: Write on one word for five minutes. No editing. {All the details for how to play along are here.}

Today’s word: Choose…


The other night as I was driving home, I stopped at a fast-food restaurant. Because I really wanted to get home, I chose to go through the drive-thru rather than park and go inside. I usually choose to go inside.

It has been a long time since I’d been to this franchise and I wasn’t familiar with the choices available to me. And the thing about the drive-thru? Even if there’s no one behind me, I feel like I need to choose quickly.

photo courtesy of lily5555 on Flickr
photo courtesy of lily5555 on Flickr

But the thing is, I couldn’t quite take in all of the choices available to me. I knew what I wanted, you know? But I couldn’t scan the menu fast enough to find what I wanted. So, when my eyes fell on something that looked like what I wanted, I told the disembodied voice my choice.

As it turns out, it wasn’t what I wanted.

It wasn’t awful. But it wasn’t what I really wanted. It was mediocre and felt like money poorly spent.

And it occurred to me, how often do I do this in life? How often do I feel too harried, too rushed, or faced with too many choices? So I just choose something. Anything.

It’s not that I make a terrible choice. But it’s not what I wanted. Not what I would have chosen if I’d taken time to consider my choices.

Today, I will take the time to slow down. Today, I will take the time to look at the options, the choices I have. Today, I will choose what I matters, not just what is available.

Today, I will choose excellent, not mediocre. I will choose the sacred.

Because the choice is there. The choice is always there.


2 thoughts on “Would You Like Fries with That?

  1. I think just like the fast food restaurant choices, we are rushed to make very important decisions every day. Great analogy and REMINDER for me. THANK YOU.

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