When I was in college in Salt Lake City, Utah I decided to make a trip to a department store and look at some china. I wasn’t seriously dating anyone and wasn’t engaged but I thought it would be fun to look. When I got off the elevator of the major department store, I was overwhelmed as I looked at a whole floor of china selections. I was only there a few minutes when I returned to the elevator and left the store. When I returned home for the summer, an acquaintance from church was selling china and an appointment was made for her to come and show us her wares.
This is the lesson I learned from my friend…
After some small talk to get acquainted she began her presentation. Instead of putting all her products out for us to view, she carefully took out one dinner plate and described it. Then she placed it on the table. Then she took out the second dinner plate. She described it, set it on the table next to the first plate and asked which one I liked better. I told her and she put away the one I had not chosen. Then she took out the third dinner plate, described it and placed it next to the plate I had chosen from the first selection and asked, “Which of these two plates do you like best?” She continued this process until she had shown me all her china patterns. The one that I “liked the best” throughout the process was the one remaining on the table. I loved the pattern. I loved everything about it and ended up buying my whole set of china from her.
That was 46 years ago and to this day I still love my china and love setting a table with it!
Have you ever been overwhelmed with the choices you’ve been given? My suggestion is, take a deep breath and begin by selecting just two and asking yourself which one you like best. Go through each choice eliminating the one that is less desirable until you come to the end of your choices. Chances are you will be satisfied with your final choice.