What gnaws at you?
March 15, 2018

One of the first things I noticed about Darrell after we got married was how he had the same lunch every day. I couldn’t get over that. The same lunch? Every day? How could he not go crazy with boredom?

Let’s pause here to show my appreciation for a husband who finds something he likes and sticks with it!

Okay. Back to lunch. More amazing than his (boring) lunches was his attitude about them. He was fine. Having the same thing every day didn’t bother him a bit.

You can guess where this is going. Now I wonder where I found the time to have something different for lunch every day. Now I think that time could’ve been better spent -- by, for example, figuring out why variations in the menu were so important to my happiness. Now “decision fatigue” is widely accepted. Darrell was ahead of his time.

I’ve learned the best ideas often follow this pattern: “That’s crazy.” And then, “That’s really interesting.” And finally, “That’s genius.” It’s so ingrained that now when I think something’s crazy I almost immediately wonder how soon I’ll embrace it.

Are you open to new ideas?