In Other Words — Analysis Paralysis

I have to gather the information

So I can analyze the implications

I need to examine all the considerations

So I can ponder the ramifications

All before I can make my decision

In other wordsThis post is written for Patricia’s In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. This week’s challenge is to write a story or poem of five or fewer lines using the word “ponder.”


Twittering Tales — Analysis Paralysis

5A5DA823-5E48-46A6-BE93-A9611601491AShould I go to the castle? Should I visit the cave? Should I stop by the lodge or the B&B?

I could take a hike or take a ferry. I might sniff around at the perfumery & floral center. I might hop on my bicycle and head for the college.

Oh, I’ll just walk to the pub and try to decide.

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman.

One-Liner Wednesday — Analysis Paralysis


“The trouble with life isn’t that there are no answers, it’s that there are so many answers.”

Anthropologist Ruth Benedict

When I read Dr. Benedict’s quote, I was reminded of something called “analysis paralysis.”

Have you ever been faced with making a decision but you get stuck because there are too many possible options to choose from and you’re afraid of making the wrong choice? That is analysis paralysis.

It is the state of over-analyzing or over-thinking a situation, often because there are so many possible answers. The result is that a decision is never made or an action is never taken.

We spend time looking for the answer — the “right” answer, the “best” answer, the “perfect” answer — when in reality, there almost always is more than one possible, workable, feasible answer/solution for just about every question/problem.

So with all due respect to Dr. Benedict, I take issue with her quote. I don’t think the trouble with life is that there are so many answers. I think that’s the beauty of life. We have choices!

Wriiten for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.