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Some things we do because we have a natural and spontaneous desire to do so. The excitement and pure joy of the opportunity fuels our desire and motivates our actions. At other times, there’s little excitement to spark our interest. In fact, the decision might come with a high personal cost that we’re not quick to make. But we sense this moment is ripe with meaning all the same, and our desire to act is fueled from these deeper waters.

To be sure, decisions are easier to make when we’re already excited to do it. We don’t have to be talked into those things that are naturally fun and gratifying to enjoy. For instance, spending our day off doing whatever we want, taking our dream vacation, or just hanging out with our friends. 

But some decisions are made from a deeper well of meaning than any initial excitement.

For example, this might be spending time with certain family members, visiting someone who is grieving, or attending ceremonies for big life events. There might be nothing that initially stirs our interest here. And it would be easier to simply not go down this path at all.

But something deeper calls us to consideration.

This moment is significant and meaningful even if it’s not particularly exciting. And so, on the one hand, we must make an intentional decision to pursue this opportunity because there’s no natural desire to do so otherwise. But it’s not something we dread. Nor are we doing it just to appease the expectations of others. It’s a meaningful decision for us even when we’re not jumping up for joy as we make it.

And we risk missing many rich moments in life when we expect every meaningful decision to be equally exciting.

In the end, enjoy the many decisions fueled by your own natural excitement. And don’t miss those rich opportunities that are less exciting but fueled by a deeper meaning all the same.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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