The Awful Truth About Decision Making

I never used to have any trouble  making decisions.  My path seemed straight and narrow and, except for a stumble here and there along the way, the relatively inconsequential kind most of us make, I kept to it fairly well.  There was right and there was wrong and that was pretty much that.  But.  As I get older, there seems to be a bit more gray area in life than there used to be.  Take for example my photography / digital art ….

This is a newish version of a popular image on my website, Chanticleer, this one with more blue tones in the sky and a few other nuance-y tweaks that I’m probably the only one who notices.

Chanticleer In Blue © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art
Chanticleer In Blue © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art

A few blogs back  ( Colorful Drinks On The House ) I announced that I’d made up my mind to go ahead and, if the spirit moved me, add different color variations of similar images to my photography / digital art galleries. I hadn’t been doing a lot of that. But after some thought and nosing around seeing what other contemporary photography / digital artists were up to, I decided to cut loose and add variations more often.

Then I promptly changed my mind.

With Chanticleer, here, I gave a lot of thought to switching the original out and adding the above, but as popular as it’s been, I decided not to mess with success.

I guess it’s one of those cases where I reserve the right to change my mind … even when I can’t make up my mind.

But I wonder, does the old adage that it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind  still hold water in this modern day of women’s / equal rights?  Do women no longer have that special back door … or … does it mean that men get to change their minds now, too?  (Apparently, they didn’t used to??)  I have the feeling we’re all supposed to be very self-aware and sure of ourselves these days, so my vague musings probably seem quaint and old fashioned to this forward thinking, determined and assured younger generation.

So, there I was earlier today, sitting on that same cold hard fence of indecision a lot of us have  spent time on,

Flame Trees © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art
Flame Trees © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art

doing exactly what I said I wasn’t going to do … adding a second version of an image to my website that had a  slight but, to me, significant change.

The reason for the addition actually makes sense, in a rather round-about way. I’d uploaded the original to my website, and it became fairly popular within a relatively short period of time.  But before that short period of time actually had time to elapse, I’d created some greeting cards from it with a slightly different color tone, the one included above.  And that newer edition of the card has been one of my most popular.

Now, every time I sell that card, I feel myself leaning toward that version … and … every time the original wall-art version sells, I lean the other way.

Basically, I’m getting a bit sea-sick.

So here I go.  Hopping off the fence and changing my mind again.

Foggy Country Road © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art
Foggy Country Road © Lois Bryan Photography and Digital Art

I guess the awful truth about decision making is it’s really quite ruthlessly easy once you’ve made up your mind.

Until you change your mind.


As always, clicking the images will take you to where they’re located on my website for viewing with much nicer watermarks.



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