• Woody

No Excuses: Stick to the Plan

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

Day 356


10 people slept in our house last night. I really enjoy having a house full of family, though our current arrangement makes it tough to get around in the kitchen at mealtime, even when we don't have company.

Over the past months, when spending time with houses full of family, I have found it a convenient excuse to sleep in. Not today. I was up with the 5 o'clock alarm and out the door headed to my office at work by 5:45 so as not to wake those sleeping on the air mattress in the living room.

I got my reading and push-ups done there, and headed to the batting cages for my Sunday morning private coaching sessions.

After lessons, I headed home to spend the rest of the day celebrating Ace's 4th birthday with 1 aunt, 2 uncles, 1 grandma, and 3 cousins who made the trip from Chico. He won't really be 4 until the 27th, but who's counting? Fun and pizza and crazy-cake cupcakes and ice cream was had by all. I think I speak for all of the adult members of the party, observing all of the cousinly love brings us great joy.

I think this story has 2 morals;

#1 Had I used my perfectly reasonable excuse to sleep in, I likely would have skipped my reading, and I would have had a hard time finding the floor space for push-ups. Even reasonable excuses are just excuses. Avoid excuses at all costs, especially when you are trying to make a difficult habit stick. Life will give you plenty of reasons so skip it. Find a way to make sure it happens, even if you have to get a little creative.

#2 Someday, we will earn the privilege of designing and building our own home. That home will include a kitchen big enough to park a truck in, and there will be an office. That way, when a bunch of people come over and spend the night, anxiety levels at meal time will be significantly alleviate,d, and I can stick to my routine without leaving the house or waking our guests.



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