My wife, who knows a lot about ADD or ADHD after all these years, said I misquoted her on the last post. I thought she had asked, “Is it working?”, meaning the whole thing. She says she was specifically asking if people were sticking with it.
She knows that people are buying the book (thank you!) and reading it and applying the strategies (aren’t you?), and that the strategies work – she has lived with me for many years. But she wondered if people were starting out with enthusiasm, and getting the strategies to work, and their life got better, and then —- and then they quit using them and slipped back into their old ways. That,of course, is what she has seen me do so many times.
So she says I misquoted her. I think that I simply misunderstood her. That is a common phenomenon in human communication but is probably worse if one of us has ADD or ADHD.
My strategy is that I am aware of this process, initial enthusiasm and then letting it go, and so I look out for it, and when I see that I’ve stopped using something that was working I pick it up again. Maybe it needs a little modification, or just a little more commitment, but it will still work, and will make my life better, and therefore, often hers too.
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