I had another, "Duh!" moment this morning.
As in, "Duh, why didn't I think of this sooner?"
I had just finished reading John Zeratsky's article, "Eight Health Habits You Can Use to Build Energy and Get More Done Every Day." (You can read the full article here.)
One of the habits he talked about was having a standing desk. I've read articles all over the place about how sitting is the new smoking. Sitting too much is a health hazard, and I agree. Most of the time I don't have to worry at all about sitting. As an elementary school counselor by day, I get a lot of exercise and not a lot of sit down time. It's the nature of the job.
However, now that summer break has arrived and I can spend a lot more time with cultivating Get To It, there is the danger of sitting too much. I do a tremendous amount of work on my computer. I'm participating in the Tribe Writers course with Jeff Goins, (check out his blog and podcast if you're into creating) and he suggests having a space where you work each day.
I have that space. It's my little blue desk and it's where I do all of my writing, editing, and creating for Get To It. Even though I have the space for my writing endeavors, I'm sitting down a lot. And then it hit me as I read Zeratsky's article.
I looked at the top of my desk and thought to myself, "Hmmm, that's about the right height for me to stand and type. I wonder if it will work." I closed the drop down desk door, put my laptop on top and started typing. Low and behold, it worked! (Picture proof above!)
Now, here's the rub. I've had this desk for eight months. I've read many articles about standing desks and the health benefits. And, yet, today was when the solution to sitting hit me front and center.
It hit me today, because today I was ready to see the answer. The answer has been here the entire time I've been working on my writing, but I was absorbed in what I was doing. I wasn't pondering the need for a stand up desk.
The answer comes when we're ready for it, and today I was ready.
I think that's a lot of what life is about. When we're ready the answer comes. Have you heard the saying that when the student is ready, the teacher appears? Well, it's the same idea. I could berate myself for not thinking of this easy solution earlier, but what good would it do? I can't go back in time. I can only move forward.
The next time you have a "duh" moment, don't sweat it. Just know that when it happens, it's a sign that you were ready for it.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.