How I aim for a prepared mind

In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.

Louis Pasteur

I have a habit of thinking through possibilities. What this means is that for before almost every major event, I try to think through all the outcomes, big and small, and anticipate the liklihood the outcomes come true. In consultant-speak, I aim for MECE analysis.

It aggravates Mei to no end that I have to think things before they happen, or even before there is likelihood of it even happening at all. She thinks it's a waste of time. I think it's a genuine intellectual exercise, and it gives me a prepared mind.

This is important to me because it gives me a framework of what could happen. If an event happens, I've already thought through the possibilities and can quickly make a decision. If an event doesn't happen, I move on.

And it genuinely pisses me off when a situation does develop and an outcome happened that was outside of my thought processing. It shows I hadn't thought enough.