What Time of Day Do You Make Your Best Decisions?

This thought came to me as I was headed home from a play that got out at 10pm. That was the same time that the rodeo had also ended in our one horse town. The thing that jumped out at me at that hour was how many people were in line at Wendy’s. In the 20 years I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen a line at Wendy’s like the one that was protruding out into the highway, blocking one of the lanes as if there had been a car accident. Then I continued to notice all the crazy drivers who were merging recklessly, speeding up suddenly, and just not watching out for others.

Yes, I’m getting older, but I think I might also be getting a little wiser. I don’t see people driving crazy or lining up for fast food in the morning. Does this say something about our decision making at different times of day? I think decision fatigue may be a contributing factor, but there has to be more to it than that.

At the time I was driving home that night correlates to Pitta time on the doshic clock in Ayurveda. Pitta is associated with fire. Fire can be destructive if left unchecked. Pour alcohol on that fire and it flares up. Fast food is full of grease, which also poured on a fire, will cause it to flare up. And what’s left after that fire burns out? Possibly a path of destruction, heartburn, headaches, and exhaustion.

I’ve made my share of bad decisions, but I’d like to think that I am a little wiser as I mature. Sometimes I still stay up late, but on most nights, I take advantage of the late night Pitta time to help my body burn up food and toxins as I sleep at night. Instead of getting a “second wind” at night, that fire helps my body clean house while I’m asleep. That way, I can wake up fresh and alert in the morning and make some great decisions to make the most of my day, and my life.

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