2007: Issue 3
The Value of Anticipation
Finally, an 80% chance of having a winter wonderland. I, like many others, enjoy living in this part of our country because we actually have four seasons, each with its extremes of comforts and discomforts. So its winter, so we should have some snow….at least I would like a little, and finally it’s in the forecast. Phones start ringing in anticipation of the challenges a “wintry mix” presents: do we cancel, do we not; what to do, oh my! Schools close without the first sign of sleet or the first snowflake falling, in anticipation of the roads getting bad and the buses not being able to travel safely.
This was the scene yesterday in the Roanoke Valley. The rest of the story is that nothing happened…a few snowflakes fell if you looked hard enough to see them but otherwise, just a cold, somewhat dreary day with business as usual. And lots of discussion around the decision to close school as the school leaders anticipated the trials and tribulations they would experience if the weather predicted with an 80% possibility materialized while the kids were in school.
In this case, one could say hindsight is 20:20, as clearly, there was no wintry mix to hit the valley. Yet was it the wrong decision? Or was it the right decision based on the information at hand, as the decision makers anticipated the outcomes.
Anticipation is an important aspect of every decision we make, yet we often overlook it, and thus, miss the value it brings to enhancing the quality of our decisions, and thus, the quality of our lives. To anticipate simply involves taking a decision one step further to the "what if” stage. In the busyness of our typical lives, we have a tendency to succumb to time pressures, get caught up in the analysis of the information or simply just stay on automatic pilot as we make decisions so we stop short of anticipating what the outcomes might be.
What would you do differently if you began to anticipate the effects of your decisions on your life and body ten years from now?
What tolerations or problems are currently in your life that not be had you anticipated the impact of a decision?
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