Monday, February 15, 2010
New Operating System Principle #1
#1 The events in my life reflect who I am. Not that I haven't read this before but, after two weeks of intense creativity and looking at my life, perhaps I read them in a different way. I was thinking about putting the ten principles on cards so I could carry them with me and also thinking about taking some milk back to my room. I was done with my meal and needed my check so I could be off. The server was standing with her back to me, drying silverware. I waited. She dried. I waited some more and began to feel the niggling of impatience and frustration. Then I decided to test the principle ... how was this a reflection of who I am?
Immediately I began to wonder about all the times I've been busy ... caught up in the "very important" details of the moment ... and didn't notice that someone else wanted my attention? How often have I continued to send emails even after a friend called and wanted to talk? How often have I creatively labeled my inattention "multi-tasking?" I really didn't like my answers to these questions. But the impatience and frustration shifted away and I just politely requested the server's help and she met my needs instantly and perfectly.
It was at that moment that I decided to spend the next 10 days focusing on the principles and how they apply to my own life. If you want to join in, feel free to add your own reflections in the comments section.
About the image: A Kiawah Island, SC, marsh weed dances with a bright and shiny bit of art paper. I hope this image reflects me more than the impatient, attention-challenge that was reflected in the restaurant.