Deceptively simple

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In the past week I hurt my back and spent two days on the floor because it was the only place I was comfortable. Needless to say, not much work got done.

However, it was enlightening. As I cancelled everything that could be cancelled, a clarity descended. Was each task on my to-do list worthwhile or superfluous? Or, as I often ask my coaching clients who are grappling with a decision: how would you argue for a particular course of action in a court of law?

I did only the things that absolutely needed to be done. I apologized to a couple of clients when it was clear that a deadline was going to be impacted. I kicked myself in both cases that I hadn’t delegated the seemingly simple tasks — both of which could have been done by a team member.

Also in the past week, the Northeast was socked with a snowstorm. Another set of decisions. What did I (really) need from the grocery store (not to mention the liquor store LOL). But, really. Reality check: I doubt that I would be in peril if unable to leave my home for 6 weeks. My freezer and pantry are full.

Injury and snowstorm made my world smaller this week. Back-to-back. No pun intended. Ow! And I learned quite a bit.

Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

That Einstein — he was a smart one, eh?

P.S. See a couple of funny tweets related to storm Keenan (below).
(FYI Market Basket is a grocery store)
Painting is: Watson and the Shark by, John Singleton Copley on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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Marilee Driscoll

Writer/published author/awarded poet. Meditator. Gardener. Badminton, running. Consultant/coach/biz owner/keynote speaker by trade.