By some counts we make 35,000 decisions a day. If you take out eight hours for sleep than that means that we are making a decision about every 1.5 seconds. That doesn't leave much time to think about our actions and the decisions that we make.
Fortunately and unfortunately most of those decisions are unconscious. We made them once or twice and they became programmed. Think about your trip to the grocery store. How many of the items on your shopping list to you pull off the shelf without really thinking? By pulling the items off the shelf you have "decided" to buy them. I always by the same brand of coffee and the same brand of toilet paper. Those are two of my essentials for life and I know what I like. I'm sure that there are other brands that I might even like more but my mental programming has simplified my life and my "decision" is automatic. How many other decisions do you make the same way?
I challenge you today to take The Quotidian Pledge. That's a simple pledge to be conscious when you act and make decisions that will lead to you act in a way improves the well-being of all . "I pledge to make decisions that will reduce the suffering and improve the well-being of all living beings."
Peace my friends,
Quotidian is a nice old word that comes to us from Middle English via Old French from Latin quotidianus, earlier cotidianus, from cotidie ‘daily’. It means "daily" or "mundane".
I'm Dr. Dave, an eclectic shaman. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice eclectic shamanism.