Sink or Swim
It’s a “dog eat dog” world out there.
Or maybe it’s “sink or swim.”
I can never remember which it is,
although I like to think that dogs
do not go around eating other dogs,
so let’s just go with “sink or swim.”
Let’s Add Float!
And just to be a bit rebellious,
let’s add a third option to the old
sink or swim…let’s add float!
That’s three options for this world:
fail, succeed, and take a time out.
Time Outs Work
When what you’ve been doing to
try to succeed simply isn’t working
any longer, you don’t have to give up.
You’ll just end up sinking that way.
The floating option means taking
an adult “time out” to rethink why
you’re doing what you’re doing,
check how you’re doing it, and look
at what is and isn’t working.
A person who’s floating doesn’t look
like they’re doing much. They aren’t.
They are letting the water hold them up
and they are conserving energy, face up
to catch their breath.
Taking a time out to catch your breath
and get your bearings before you strike
out in a new direction is smart, even
if it looks like you’re doing nothing
for a little while.
Grab Your Floaties!
Sometimes the most important work
gets done with the least amount of
Re-evaluating, strategizing, making a
new plan. That’s floating. Which will
lead to swimming. Which will lead
you in the direction of your dreams.
And speaking of doing nothing, this week
in A Year to Change, we are working on the
chapter Staying Present is the Best Gift,
which is all about learning how to harness
the power of the present moment to reduce
stress and improve your life. If you spend too
much time grinding on the past or worrying
about the future, join me to learn how to
stop and enjoy being here now.