When you think you have to ‘think fast,’ take a deep breath

By Charla Misse, NolaCatholicParenting.org

Next time you feel strongly about making a quick decision, take a minute to ask yourself why.The fact that you feel strongly should actually give you pause. A strong feeling that leads to a quick decision may feel like the right choice, but think again.

Are you being driven by fear or courage? Knowledge or bias? Self-benefit or spiritual generosity? When you uncover the driving force behind your feelings, you may reconsider.

When faced with major life decisions, most people take time to think things through, even consulting others. While the little decisions along the way often seem relatively unimportant on the surface, they can have long-lasting and profound effects.

Think about something deceptively simple like picking teams in school. You want your team to win; you pick the best players. Doesn’t seem like a big deal on the surface – unless you’re the one who is repeatedly picked last.

Be vigilant. Evil can enter your life in often inconspicuous ways, slowly breaking down your barriers and diminishing your sensitivities.

Before you make a “quick” decision, get into the habit of taking a breath – and taking a minute – to double-check that your “quick” decision is a “good” decision.

Charla Spalluto Misse graduated as valedictorian from Immaculata High School, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s of business administration from The College of William & Mary.

She has worked in high-level advisory positions throughout her career and is now a financial advisor, where she enjoys using her analytical and planning strengths to develop specialized solutions for her clients. Charla cherishes the opportunity to directly make a positive difference in people’s lives.

A native of New Orleans, Charla feels blessed to be near her family and to enjoy the natural beauty and cultural richness of her hometown. She supports various charitable organizations, sits on the board as an officer for the LPO Volunteers and is a Boy Scouts of America Den Leader.

The things that make her happiest are laughing with her husband and their son, baking for her loved ones, exercising in the outdoors, visiting the adoration chapel and picking up her son from school.

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