I ponder. Often. And with great self-awareness. I have been known to spend 20 minutes in the Natural Grocers trying to decide between two varieties/scents/flavors (you can (technically) eat the stuff) of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (the peppermint wins 9:10 but that last 10% can go between almond, citrus, and rose with nearly violent twitches of bottles being taken-down-from and returned-to shelves) and don't EVEN get me started on how long I will take to make serious, real, adult decisions (take that however you like).
The truth is I've never, ever really been "known" for quick decisions despite the fact that I pride myself on having strong "gut instincts" and keen observation skills.
There are three reasons, as I have concluded after hours and hours of pondering, why I ponder so much.
- Mistakes. Costly in terms of time, energy, emotion, and impact on others.
- More Options. Very, very few things in life are automatic or as simple as "black and white" (two choices). The grey is vast and spectrumy.
- The Exercise. As Ben Fold's father once left in his voicemail - your mind is your most valuable possession. It should be taken out for a nice, brisk walk every chance you get.