My sister is one year older than me.
When we were growing up, I used to hang out with her. She had friends. They were girls. So, I hung out with the girls.
When you hang out with girls at 5, 6, 7 years old, you do what the girls do. You play the games girls play.
Hopscotch. Jacks. Four square. My favorite? Double Dutch.
What’s double dutch? Glad you asked.
Two friends grab long ropes and start swinging them in opposite directions. Simultaneously, the third friend jumps in the middle and jumps as each rope makes it’s rotation.
The key to double dutch is the timing. As your friends swing the rope and get a rhythm you have to coordinate your entry in order to get in and start jumping. If you get the timing wrong you get hit by the ropes.
In double dutch and in life, timing is everything. Get out of rhythm and nobody has any fun.
When you first learn to play you hesitate. You don’t have any confidence in order to make the first move. Consequently you wait, and wait, and wait.
Girls can be so impatient.
My life currently is best described as a hesitant double dutcher. Not moving forward because my confidence isn’t high. Not jumping in because I’m unsure of the right time. Not jumping in because I’m unsure if I even want to play the game.
I hate being like this. It’s like going on vacation but not knowing where you’re going. It’s like the discussion about what to have for dinner– “What do you want?” “I don’t know, what do you want?”
My way out of this type of mindset in the past was to step back and give myself a challenge. Start a business.Go back to school. Write a book. Get a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. You know, “Jump Already!”
Monday and Tuesday I was in Orlando, Florida. I spent time with entrepreneurs and business owners who encouraged me to step back and reverse engineer the result I want to achieve.
What is this life all about? What is the end result? What is my next challenge? Is Double Dutch even any fun?
After carefully considering the result I want to achieve, I came to this conclusion: I just want to be a better person tomorrow than I was today. Perpetually a student I really just want to be better.
So, a new challenge has emerged. My challenge for the remainder of 2018 and 2019 is this: 1% improvement daily. Improvement as a husband, a dad, a brother, a son, a business owner, a Cowboys fan. Just 1% improvement daily in my physical health, my spiritual health, and my intellectual health.
Growth and learning. Two ropes moving opposite one another. When to start? Waiting. Waiting. Waiting…….
I think I’ll jump already.