Yesterday, I reached beyond my comfort zone. I challenged myself to do something I normally would not do and even took my children with me as eyewitnesses to my courageous feet. Yesterday, I choose to stand-up, take control and rage against the machine. Yesterday, I chose to use cash at the grocery store.
After the offspring helped in scanning all the food and squishing the bread into the bags, I pulled out some old fashioned American currency and fed it to the money monster (you know, that duck-lip shaped, blinking contraption that sucks in your money and takes it to parts unknown). Then, after a couple of seconds which felt more like years, some shinny, noisy things came tumbling out and some new bills (smaller than the one I fed to the money monster) were vomited out of the bottom of the machine. Emmalicious, my 4 year old, looked at me completely confused. She didn’t know what to make of all the dispensers releasing their arsenal on her visual senses as every compartment shot out a receipt, some coupons, the shinny things and the extra money at the bottom.
“What’s that daddy?“ “Well, sweetie” I answered. “That’s the change.” And there is it. The phrase that stuck with me for the rest of the night. She was confused for a few more seconds and then started skipping toward the door which made me loose my mind (and my change) as I chased after her. The change.
“The change” got me thinking. How often are we expecting major change in our lives when we choose to give that “thing” the leftover change of our time & energy?
Have you wished you could become a better parent but come home from work emotionally and physically drained giving your family nothing more than a few dimes? Have you wished to develop a hobby or skill only to have “pennies” of time left in your change purse to give to it thus you push it further down the road for when you have more time?
What about personal development? I had a conversation the other day with someone who wanted to become a better leader but hadn’t invested the time to read a book, listen to a CD or skim a website. When asked why, “I don’t have the time to fit it in.”
If we truly make time for the things that are most important to us then maybe change is something we really don’t want after all.