Last night about eight o’clock I was sitting at the kitchen table reading a magazine.
Josh ran up to me and said “Mom! Let’s make a smoothie!”
“No,” I said.
“Why not?” pleaded Josh.
“Because it is night time,” I said.
“So what?” said Josh.
“And we don’t make smoothies at night,” I said.
And then I listened to myself.
“We don’t make smoothies at night.”
Says who? The smoothie police? Strunk and White’s Elements of Smoothie Style? The National Association of Rigid Parents With No Imagination?
Because of my deeply comfortable habit, relaxing after dinner and getting the kids off to bed with a glass of water, I was arguing with my 5-year old about why he shouldn’t learn how to make a highly nutritious drink with fresh fruits and soy milk.
How often do our well-worn habits get in the way of positive change?
“I could never get an assistant to screen my email, I have always done it myself.”
“I could never do a presentation at Ignite, I am not a public speaker.”
“We couldn’t create a great conference, our core business is software.”
Of course you could. You are just being close-minded because you are too comfortable.
We made the smoothie.