One of the most important things a person can do, before making a non-emergency decision, is to carefully evaluate the action and it's results. There is a word for this, and that word is discernment.
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Discernment, a funny word, isn't it? What does it mean? I looked this one up in an online and in a printed dictionary and found quite a lot written.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary described it as the power to:
- see what is not evident to the average mind
- accurately distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent
- search with a mind that goes beyond what is obvious or superficial
- use keen practical judgment
'Sort of testing the water before jumping in.
Discernment can be a decision you make. For example, saving money so you have an emergency fund when you have an unpredicted need.
It may relate to the career you want to follow, the school you plan to attend, or the place you want to live. It may result in the people you choose for friends or the one person you choose for life.
Why do some people spend time analyzing a decision before taking it?
- They want to do it right, they don't want to make a mistake.
- They have limited resources.
- They want to make the best use of their time.
- They have a spouse or partner, children, work, or other responsibilities that may be impacted.
Can you learn discernment?
We all have a different history, different experiences, different beliefs.
Instead of saying no! Your parents may have told you what could happen if you ran into the street without looking.
When they took you to a grocery store, the two of you may have looked over fruit to see which piece looked best. You checked it for the yellow banana with the fewest spots, or the orange that was heaviest for size.
These are examples of discernment.
Has experience taught you?
After problems with an engine on a car, have you decided to have your oil changed more frequently? Have you determined what to wear for a certain occasion or where not to go on your next vacation?
What are your resources?
Can you really afford to send your child to the college of your dreams? Sometimes this is a very difficult decision to make. But, thinking may lead to a choice that will work, that will not "break the bank," that will teach you and the child to do what you can with what you have.
Does it require discussion with others?
In some situations, I think so. You gain insight. People do not like it when they are excluded from choices that will affect them. A major change, such as a move can alter their lives, as well as your own. Offer your family, relatives, and friends a chance to give their thoughts and suggestions.
In the end, the decision is yours. I encourage you to think carefully before deciding on a plan. You may reap benefits you didn't expect.
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, nurse, writer, and thrift advocate. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.