Most of us try to make logical decisions based on facts, objective assessments, and thoughtful input from family and friends. However, sometimes we make impulsive choices based on strong feelings that override our common sense. When that happens, we may be hit by fallout that awakens us to reality and the need to address the situation appropriately. Here are common scenarios where emotions often run high and impact our lives permanently.
Teens are often guided by their parents into choosing a mate with specific characteristics, such as diligence, honesty, and so on. However, sometimes romantic love cannot be channeled into a mold shaped by family members. Instead, our feelings take over, and love takes on a form of its own to target a partner of our choosing that may not have the family’s recommended qualities. In such cases, it is a good idea to proceed cautiously to ensure the attractive person is deserving of a committed relationship.
Whether to practice abstinence or safe sex and whether to use birth control or not should be rational decisions. However, sometimes emotions rise spontaneously and strongly to overwhelm a couple, leading to unexpected outcomes like an unplanned pregnancy. Friends and relatives frequently offer various types of advice, which can confuse and upset a mom-to-be. If she feels unready to take on a parenting role, she may decide to find a suitable adoptive family. Often, intuition can help to select the best prospective parents for a new baby. While logic might suggest college educated parents, heartfelt emotions might point to a couple of modest means but with family-centered personalities.
Choosing a career path can be difficult, especially if parents are nudging you toward an engineering, medical, or legal career that sounds boring to you. When considering a profession where you will spend several decades, it is wise to select one that interests and challenges you. Otherwise, you could burn out or get bored and stop doing a good job.
Some parents raise kids to embrace a certain religious faith. However, when kids come of age, they may lose interest or feel drawn toward a different belief system. Each of us has to choose the religion or spiritual beliefs that appeal to us individually; religion cannot be inherited from parents or ancestors. Making a personal spiritual commitment should come from the soul, not just the mind.
Logic is always valuable. However, it should be balanced with emotion.