Before I headed off to a business conference last week, my 10-year-old son handed me a piece of paper with a half-dozen or so items written on it, in bulleted form. The title of his list was "Six Things I Want to Do With Dad Before School Starts."
My first reaction -- before reading the list -- was to be impressed by his ability to organize his thinking in this fashion at his age. I gave him a squeeze, and tucked it in my bag to read on the plane.
I got to it on the return flight home. His note read:
"Dad, when you come back from Denver, there will be 10 days until school starts. We haven't done a lot of the stuff you said you wanted to do together. Here's the list for you. I know we can do it."
He'd organized it by day, grouping activities together in well-thought-out, logical sequences. Of course, not being proficient in Microsoft Outlook, he hadn't factored in my appointments for the week.
One of the lessons I learned on my trip last week was that to take on something new, we have to give up something -- to make space -- to have the capacity to fulfill our mission.
So, I took take care of the calendar myself. Ben's been added. Other things are being re-prioritized, re-scheduled and re-allocated, starting here.
S'more good stuff to come. See you in September...