Decisions, decisions

ImagesIt is always nice to go to an event and see a bunch of people that you have not seen in awhile.  You get a chance to catch up on the regular stuff such as work, life, vacations, kids, etc.  At times it is exhausting to have those conversations again and again and I sometimes think it is nice to get the quick down-low but honestly I do not need to get into the weeds about what your children are doing. 

It was so refreshing the other night when I sat down and my dinner partner on my life asked me the best question.  What was the best decision you made today?  I loved it.  It really made me think.  First of all, I love making decisions and the truth is we make decisions every day without even realizing it.  The best decision could have been as simple as blowing off a healthy breakfast and eating the most incredible cinnamon roll you ever have had.  It could have been pulling the trigger on a vacation that you have wanted to go on.  It could have been deciding to fire someone on your staff.  It could have been deciding on the perfect carpet for your living room.  It gives the person who asked the question a little insight into the day you had or where your head is at. 

That question led to a few others such as what have you realized about yourself that has helped you look at things differently.  The conversation flowed and we never did talk about our kids or our basic day to day stuff but we spoke at a more interesting level.  It was honestly refreshing.

I plan on using that question again and again.  I just love it.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Ella Dyer

    Open ended questions are always of interest to me and this is one of the best; I’ll “borrow” as well. As always, thanks for sharing.

  2. Wabi Sabi Ecofashionconcept

    I will also thankfully borrow it. Great post.

  3. Andrea S Henry

    Love this. I plan to use it this weekend too!

  4. falicon

    …so what *was* the best decision you made that day? How about today? You can’t start a story like this and then leave us all hanging! 😉

    1. Gotham Gal

      The decision I happened to make tbat day was so not important but had to be made. Choosing a carpet and other things for the house.Someone has to make the decision

      1. falicon

        Sometimes those little decisions are the most gratifying over the long haul…you’ll be looking at, and dealing with, that carpet for years to come…enjoying a little decision like that means you’ve got the right quality-of-life balance going. +1 for that!

      2. TanyaMonteiro

        I’d say the carpet is a pretty important decision, you see it every day, or almost every day.

  5. Food+Tech Connect

    Great question! I’d also love if someone asked me what the worst decision I made all day was…

    1. Gotham Gal

      Ha. For sure

  6. Mark Gavagan

    You’ll be sick of that question once we’re all asking it!

    1. Gotham Gal


  7. Deirdre

    Using the question and LOVE the example of having a cinnamon roll for breakfast.”Everything in moderation, including moderation.” (Now some people say Oscar Wilde said this– but I saw it attributed to Ben Franklin… anyone know the real answer?)

    1. Gotham Gal

      Google probably knows. LolModeration is the key to life

  8. Leonardo Gjoni

    Came here from your husbands blog, his stuff is always interesting. I will start asking myself this question every night before I go to sleep, hopefully this makes me more productive.

    1. Gotham Gal

      i like that.

  9. pointsnfigures

    Not a cronut?

    1. Gotham Gal


  10. Lally Rementilla

    I like that question. I’m getting tired of the “how’s life? i’m soo busy” conversation.i can see someone starting a Q&A site based on this question. one can just image the data mining potential of a guzillion people answering this question everyday.

    1. Gotham Gal

      i like that idea.

    2. TanyaMonteiro

      brilliant idea, twitter founds might jump on that if they see it

      1. Lally Rementilla

        Thanks! Best decision that day was to respond back to Joanne’s post and make a new connection.

        1. Gotham Gal