INTROSPECTION, The Board Game’s Question of the Week for October 27th, 2013: If you have a difficult decision to make, do you procrastinate?
If I were playing Introspection, The Board Game, I would have to answer with a, “Yes.” If you guessed correctly how I would respond, roll the dice and move your game piece forward! The reason why I say this is because procrastination is a way of really saying, I have not yet made up my mind on what I want to do. Procrastination can allow one the additional time to dwell on the options for action on the issue. On the other hand, our old friend Anxiety shows up with that uncomfortable feeling when a decision is required. It is the voice in the back of my mind that pushes for a resolution. My dad used to tell me, “Do something even if it is wrong.” He did not mean to purposefully make a wrong decision but that even if I was unsure of the correct decision, at least it was a decision that would move to clarify the problem. While I do procrastinate on a difficult issue, I generally come up with what I believe to be the best option to relieve anxiety. Decision made, anxiety silenced until the results of that decision show up for a new decision. I was at a dinner party the other night and one fellow that I was talking to was contemplating retirement and he could not make up his mind about retiring because he was not sure how to fill his time. His work for all those many years had ordered his life and without its presence, the future would be be scary. As it turned out through the course of the conversation, he had forgotten how to play. The Adult and the Parent parts of his personality had directed his life to a comfortable place but now it was time to reconnect with the play of children that comes quite naturally. Procrastination with the emergence of the child within, withheld. Play child play…I have been waiting for you.