Over the weekend, the weather finally broke a a bit in NYC and the sun came back out.
Perfect day to go ice-skating, so we all headed off to the rink. It was packed, mad skaters of all ages whizzing, whirling twirling, crashing, smashing, plodding, screaming, zipping. Total mayhem. My first thought was, somebody’s gonna get killed, maybe we should come back during the week when nobody else is around.
But, hey, we were there and my daughter was itching to get on the ice, so we all hit it.
As we skated around, I noticed something kind of cool happening. Rather than being terrified by the craziness, my daughter was tracking and adapting to it. Openings would close, gaps would open, people would fly or crash into the path and she’d just find a way around them and keep on keeping on. It was like a game to her. Real-time, fast-paced problem-solving.
And this all made me wonder…
How much do we sit around waiting for clear ice before taking action.
How many times do we wait for everything to set up just right, rather than showing up, taking the rink as it is, stepping onto the ice madness and all and rising to the challenge of figuring it out along the way, knowing we may get a little dinged up, but we’ll also be moving forward, learning, adapting and growing.
I’ve become increasingly convinced that in life, there is no such thing as the perfect time.
Looking for calmer waters or less frantic ice may serve you well, but the perfect swell or an open rink? Could happen. But how much might you miss waiting?
So, I’m curious, are you waiting for the ice to clear?
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