Sometimes going slowly is wise. On the other hand, it may turn out to be a pitiful and costly procrastination. Doing nothing doesn’t mean you haven’t made a decision. If laziness, indifference, or apathy results, you have made a decision to surrender leadership of your life rather than maintain control of your thoughts and feelings. Not to set goals and not to control your thinking are themselves decisions to be irresponsible! For our level of responsibility is measured by our ability to confront the decision making process without unnecessary delay or distraction.
There is no such thing as a totally safe decision. Show me an illustration of a so-called totally safe decision, and I will tell you it is a forgone conclusion, which means it is not a decision! A decision means there is a choice between alternatives and options, which may require choosing the good against the bad. But more often than not the risk may be of choosing the lesser good. Most of our sins are the result not of blatant evil tempting as much as of the downward pull of the lesser good, which distracts us from the greater good that merits our whole-hearted commitment.
Education is the acquisition of knowledge. As important as it is, knowledge cannot take the place of wisdom, for wisdom is the ability to use knowledge intelligently. If the academic degrees have increased knowledge but have diminished wisdom, then formal education has become counterproductive. Not a few persons with advanced degrees have acquired facts and knowledge but have been mentally conditioned to negative thinking by cynical and negative thinking professors. Unfortunately and unnecessarily too many educated persons with impressive diplomas are at the bottom of every ladder. Above them can be found a surprising number of persons with less formal education. The difference is an added awareness that attitude is more important than knowledge. Although facts are the lifeblood of knowledge, attitude is the lifeblood of wisdom. Indeed, the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, of accomplishment is wisdom.
Robert H Schuller