Door Jam

Me: “Hey! Who left the back door totally open? The air conditioning costs money, you know!”

Danger Monkey, age 10: “Sorry. I forgot to close it.”

Me: “Please try harder to remember in the future. It really does cost money.”

DM: “OK. Sorry. I’ll go close it.”

Me: “No, I’m closer. I’ll close it for you. And, actually, it’s starting to rain, so I’ll just go out and put the cover on my grill real quick.”

Little Miss Thing, age 7: “In your UNDERWEAR?”

Me: “Sure, why not?”

LMT: “You can’t go outside in your underwear!”

Me: “We live out in the woods and hardly anyone can see our back deck. And what’s the difference between boxer shorts and swimming trunks?”

LMT: “I think it’s a really bad idea.”

DM: “Yeah, Dad. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Me: “Well, guess what. Just to clear things up around here, I’m the Dad and I’ve been around the block a time or two. I think I can make this type of decision for myself. Trust me, it’s not as big a deal as you think. But thanks for your input and your concern.”

Me: (steps outside)

(door slams behind me, lock loudly clicks)

Me: “Uh…”

(much laughter behind the door)

(so much laughter)

(mass hysterics)

(long pause)

(rain starts to fall)

Me: “I really should have seen that coming.”





Live your life. Take those risks. Do the thing. Fail. Fail again. Learn.

Tell your people how you feel. Leave no doubts.

Stretch. Leave your comfort zone.

Earn the reputation that you want. Be the author of your story.

Do all those great things for others, but mostly do them for yourself.

Read. My. Lips. You have less time than you think.

Do it. Do it now.