Does anyone else have trouble with the multitude of decisions one needs to make to carry out mundane activities? Like grocery shopping?
Before I leave home I enthusiastically get out my pre-printed list that includes commonly purchased items. I make up a menu for the week and circle all the items I need to create these culinary delights. Then I skip off to Hannaford with a song in my heart, grateful that I have the funds to buy food in such a clean, well-stocked grocery store that employs such wonderful people who look out for my every need.
I begin my expedition and so does the decision-making.
- Do I buy salad ingredients at the salad bar or in the produce department?
- What is the best buy based on cost per unit?
- Do I buy store brand or name brand?
- Do I buy in quantity when on special? (I’m sure Patrick and I will eat up this five-pound box of clementines before they turn into adorable little green fuzz balls that smell like finger nail polish remover.)
- Do I buy organic or food laced with chemicals? (I am getting older so realistically how many years can I benefit from eating clean?)
- Do I buy fresh or frozen?
- Do I buy full fat or ‘lite?’
- Do I buy salted or unsalted?
- How do I best avoid the person hawking samples?
On and on it goes. It’s enough to drive you straight to the liquor aisle but have you seen the choices in that aisle lately?
By the time I plod along to the check out counter I barely have enough energy to feel a sense of victory, before I have to start making more decisions.
- Did I find everything I was looking for? (A little late to ask – I could have used your help in the liquor aisle).
- Do I have any coupons?
- Do I want plastic or paper?
- Do I want my bags packed heavy or light?
- Do I want my chicken double bagged?
- Do I want my beer in a bag?
- Do I want cash back?
- Do I want help out with my cart?
As I wander around the parking lot in a daze looking for my car, clutching my coat around me to avoid frostbite, I feel a sense of relief that I don’t need to buy gas. The onslaught of decisions involved in that attempt might put me over the edge.
- Debit or credit?
- Car wash?
- If yes on the car wash do I want Deluxe, Super Deluxe or Deluxe on Steroids?
- What grade of gasoline?
- Do I want a printed receipt?
Please forgive me for ending this post awkwardly and abruptly. I wrote up several brilliant endings but I can’t decide which one to use……..