On the other hand, often I am triggered by random stimuli to realize that I've made up my mind about a lot of things without consciously realizing it. One example is whenever someone I don't know asks me for money or help, I assume they're trying to scam me. This one might be realistic or practical, but it's also pretty sobering.
When I catch these, I try to challenge whatever conclusion I've made, mainly because I don't want to feel myself settling into my ways. I don't want to have rules, per se. I want to be able to put my eggs in different baskets. I fear that if I don't do this, I'll unknowingly close myself to considering possibilities. It's a defense against stagnating.
My sense of caution about irrevocably committing myself to something like a rule, or an idea, is so strong that I sometimes feel a sense of anxiety when I see other people doing it.
But interestingly, this feeling is sometimes offset by a feeling of envy. There's a freedom to accepting something completely; of surrender.
I wonder if that freedom is worth it. I also wonder if that sense of freedom functions to prevent someone who has crossed that particular rubicon from thinking about retreating from it.
Whoa. OK, deep thought moment over. :)