After a very long day, I came home yesterday and my key got stuck in the lock. I tried moving it from side to side. The key wouldn’t come out and the lock wouldn’t open. I was tired enough to consider breaking the door but I removed the option from the table. Why? The lock was relatively new and I didn’t want to deal with the outcome – security, cost, searching for a locksmith etc.
I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to get a jammed key out. I unscrewed the outer casing and followed the methods outlined but none worked. I eventually used a pair of pliers to grip and turn the key and finally, the door unlocked. I learnt a lesson.
Taking options off the table determines your course of action in decision making. If I hadn’t ruled out breaking the door, I wouldn’t have kept searching for alternative solutions. It’s just like savings. Separating your savings from your daily spending account, forces you to live with what’s left. It’s just like sin. Taking the option off the table, forces you to think of creative ways to do the right thing.