Just last night.
Not just cold . . . freezing.
I tugged on my pants fearing the hem was absorbing . . .
I reached around the corner and flipped the switch.
“Holy Buckets!” (child friendly language)
Water was running.
Water was splashing.
A half inch on the kitchen floor.
Two inches on the bathroom floor.
Freezing cold water.
I grabbed a mop.
I grabbed a towel. Another towel. A third towel.
I had to stop the water.
Easy to do. Reach into the toilet back. Made sure the flapper was down.
Quickly sopping up the water.
An immediate disaster
Becomes a clean floor.
Shocking surprise – the cold and the wet.
Shocking in the moment
And the surprise element
Easily solved with physical action
Similar to life . . .
Thrown into social distancing
And new ways of living, working, and communicating.
Calmly. Slowly. Steadily.
Choosing one thing to try new.
Practice and use it several days in a row.
How can you share your life lessons with your peers? and or students?
What is the story of your life that you are currently writing?
How can you turn a surprising problem into a solution?
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