My job put me up in a beautiful big old house. When I come in in the evening, and when I leave in the morning, there are no lights. It is dark. Very dark. It is a big beautiful old house with a big beautiful staircase, which is dark as the pit. I’ve been very nervous going up and down the staircase in the dark, carrying two heavy bags.
Strategy: I suddenly realized I can just turn on my iPhone. Not even the flashlight, just the iPhone.That is already a habit, or maybe not even a habit. My anxiety on the dark staircase is the anchor, or the cue, for automatically using the iPhone.
But this is really kind of silly, because once I realized it was A Problem, I could have easily just carried a small flashlight in my brief case. That’s the real trick, acknowledging that it’s A Problem, not just one of the inevitable many small annoyances of life.
It would’ve been A Real Problem if I’d broken my leg. Or my neck.
Odd Note O the Day: You may be wondering why this is printed in such a strange format. So am I.
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