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I was working at my computer and noticed my right-hand computer monitor starting to rock and suddenly disappear off my desk. Willie, my dog, got tangled in the cords as he circled his bed to make just the right landing for his nap before his mid-morning nap.


Part of the mess I picked up was a note I keep on my desk: If you can’t get out of it, get into it. I mean, you can see, it’s RIGHT THERE. Except that when I picked it up I connected with it for the first time in a long time.

Standing there with it in my hand reminded me of two things:

There are things we think we know and believe and live our lives around. But we can get numb to them, even when they’re right in front of our faces (for 10 hours a day for Pete’s sake!). I’m stopping and noticing what’s important to me more now.

And second, if you can’t get out of it, get into it. I love this. It came from a book that attributes it to an Outward Bound teaching. I can’t trace it to them or anyone, but there is truth to it. That thing you’re avoiding, if you can’t get out of it, embrace it. So simple. Yet, every time I act on it I create progress in my life AND am a bit embarrassed by how easy that just was.

PS No animals were injured in this incident, and I discovered my Samsung monitor can take a lickin and keep on tickin!