BECAUSE I FORGOT
Saturday, July 16, 2022
From waking to walking each morning varies – from 15 minutes to two hours – with morning routines changing little.
The difference is speed/urgency factors depending on the length/quality of sleep overnight and the pace/timing of scheduled morning items. I’ve learned through many mistakes that I leave things out of my routine at my peril because inattention to things that matter risks they’ve fallen through a crack, getting forgotten, or one day I’ll be asking myself about it, “why don’t I do _____ anymore?”
The answer is because I forgot or because I didn’t have it on my morning list – it wasn’t part of my routine, part of my daily routine. I’ve learned to take the approach of ‘never miss twice’, because nobody can do everything they plan or want to do every day – that’s too rigid.
Now, since my diagnosis and taking an ADHD medication is my daily regime, what I’ve just described continues, from wakeup-time through to 90 minutes after I take my meds at 5:30. Then, for 14 hours every day, I have help to calm the traffic in my head. This is a massive transformation I’m only beginning to appreciate.
How we change the world is one part tilting at windmills, one part shouting from a soapbox or a rooftop – a futile high-risk/low-return practice and millions of people do.
Others, methinks wiser, alter themselves, reflecting the changes they hope to inspire in others. They talk about, walk around their communities doing ‘their changes’ and people notice – people are impacted, the copy/emulate, they make different choices, and maybe they too change themselves, and so on, and they tell two friends …