Put yourself in this scenario: Saturday. 6am. Coffee. Your goal is to get three things done this morning, but you woke up four hours too late to accomplish it.
When your board retreat starts at 9am, you’ve got two choices; be there, or be there and think about where you want to be. You choose option two.
It’s noon. You’re at your kids’ school. You run around the halls for an hour and a half helping the PTO get ready for a 2pm event.
It’s 1:30. Everybody is done their work and they’re waiting for people to show up. You’re sitting in a chair built for a first-grader and plugging away on an email.
Kids are running all over the place, but there’s only one kid in the hallway you’re in. He runs over, stands straight up and looks at you. He says, “What awe you doing?” You look at him silently. You’re still all heated up about your wasted day. You look back at your phone because, unlike that kid, you have stuff to do.
The kindergarten kid points at your phone. With a straight face, he asks, “What’s that?”
You stare up again – right into the kid’s eyes. He’s looking down the hall. When you look at him, he stares back at you. You let out one of those quick chest laughs that just happen. The kid shoots back the exact same laugh. A second passes and you both start dying laughing for no reason.
You get your butt out of the first-grader chair to find your kids.
Time doesn’t pass without the present – like it or not. There are plenty of opportunities to like it. A kindergartener can tell you that.