I attended a meeting where the parents were upset and attempting to oust a coach. One of the parents, Sue, came in late, decked out in her work clothes. She sauntered in and sat down. As soon as she realized the purpose of the meeting, she got up and walked out. It was at that moment I decided I wanted to be like Sue. She’s happy-go-lucky and has an extraordinarily great attitude about everything. She stays out of the weeds unless absolutely necessary. But she can also be a barracuda. It’s just a matter of selectively choosing what matters and what doesn’t.
That was nearly a decade ago. Yet, that momentary observation has stayed with me. To this day, I ask myself if a cantankerous situation needs my input or not. Almost always, I can be like Sue and walk away. It’s really been a great way to keep the blood pressure down and retain more friends than I lose.
It's also interesting how a single moment can cause a person to reflect and change.
Thoughts that are alien to any of my other projects can be found here.