I read this blog on Pointless Overthinking by Troy Headrick a couple weeks ago about putting ourselves in a hard spot from time to time. And I was inspired and curious about how to implement something out of the ordinary in my life. But also stymied because my kids at their tender ages of 2 and 6, really rely on structure and routine to mark their days. Sure, I do new experiences with them all the time like amusement park rides, hiking, and biking with the neighborhood posse to school but within their structure of school, bedtimes and routine.
As I was pondering how to implement this idea in my life, my daughter had to stay home for two days from school until we got a negative COVID test result. And then there was a teacher in-service day and between the two events, my week of routine got completely upended.
As I was writing about it that I realized I had, although not intentionally, followed Troy’s advice. Wow, I love reading, writing and the full-circle self-reflection it brings! Because once I saw the connection, I was open to the things I learned about life when you end up in a hard spot – like remembering that I can surf the waves, that I’m wicked fast at triaging what work HAS to be done and that my kids are pretty good at rolling with disruption. Here’s Troy’s post:
By Troy Headrick
During this past week, I went back and reread the autobiographical blurb I have posted on Pointless Overthinking’s “Our Team” page. It had been a long time since I’d looked at what I’d penned about myself. I wanted to see if it still felt true.
I’d forgotten that I’d written about myself using third-person pronouns. I suppose it made sense, though, to have referred to myself as “he” and “him.” That’s very much the way I am. I’m the sort who stands to the side, very inconspicuously, looking, making mental notes, playing the part of objective observer, and then trying to come to some conclusion about what I’m looking at. I take this role even when thinking and writing about myself.
I was especially intrigued by the last sentence of my little autobiography: “His ultimate goal is to live the uncommon life.”
Yes, that’s very true…
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