- Checking the Backseat #sol18
March 18, 2018
One extremely busy day a few weeks ago, I had seriously overcommitted my time, my talent, and my resources. I was at the edge of my proverbial pier. 6:30 a.m., having gotten up to make some baked good for today’s meeting. Packing our lunches, planning for dinner, making coffee. Wait, do I have my phone? I rush to the car, pull out of the drive, head down the street. When I get to nearly half way, it occurs to me, those cookies are not in the back seat. I have to have those cookies. That’s my thing. Treats for meetings. I pulled over the car. During my commute. There really wasn’t time to go back. Whatever the outcome, there or not, I would still have to continue on. And yet, there they were. Plain as Life. Waiting there in the backseat.
When I first wrote down this story, I thought it was a lesson in noticing, in being present. Now, weeks later as I write it down, the lesson has changed for me. From the end, here it is plain as life. The thing we need is often waiting there in the backseat, in the brain spinning rush, we forget to look in the obvious place, our own reserve, the skills we carry. Quick to dismiss them as inadequate, we search for a bigger, mightier something. In coaching, we show up, we have a plan or a halfway plan, we start with How’s it going? and then… we have to repack the bags, stop halfway, check the backseat. In the quiet planning, in the preparation, we remember what our thing is, but in the fray, sometimes we forget. Notice the forgetting. Pull over the car. Check in the backseat. It’s there. It’s always there. If it’s not, we continue on.
Writing as part of the 31 day Slice of Life Story Challenge. Check out some amazing stories at Two Writing Teachers.