Sunday, December 31, 2017

Just Move the Garbage Can!

I'm beginning a new tradition as we head out of 2017. I'm calling it "First Morning." I have always felt like "party pooper" was tattooed across my bald forehead when I didn't want to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve. No longer. Steve 2.0 is free to adjust how things are done!

For instance, at school for nearly twenty years, I have been going into the JH Boys' Restroom and picking up the paper towels from the floor, tossed there by well-meaning 7th and 8th grade fellows who think their basketball skills are stronger than they really are. I then put them in the trash can where they belong, and wonder why the kids can't just make the shot!

Finally late this Fall, after picking up soggy, germ ridden paper towels for nearly twenty years, I thought, "Hey dummy, move the garbage can!"

Move the garbage can? How ridiculous is that? When I joined the staff at my school, the garbage can in the boys' bathroom was in the corner of the room, not at all close to the sink or the paper towel dispenser. I left it there. What a novel thought! MOVE THE GARBAGE CAN! Surely it can't be that simple, can it?

Well, guess what? I no longer pick up those soggy, germ ridden paper towels! What a simple solution that was completely obvious for the nearly two decades I have been at my school, and I didn't even notice it! Honestly, I feel like a bit of a fool for picking up germy paper towels for nearly two decades!

How many simple solutions to annoying problems are right in front of us? Having come through what I have in the last year, I see many things in different ways, but I am still discovering how set I am in some of my routines! I want to see things in different ways, and change if there is a better way!

For instance, why do I keep trying to stay up late on New Year's Eve, when I don't enjoy it? I like to go to bed early and get up early! I prefer a nice, slow early morning over a groggy late night anytime! For sixty years, I have stayed up late (not so sure about my first few years of life) and felt groggy and lazy in the morning. I always end up sleeping too late, and missing out on the mornings that I love!

No more of that! For me, there's a new celebration, and I am calling it "First Morning!" I am going to go to bed at a reasonable time, and get up early and celebrate the first precious morning of the year! That is much more my style, and those who want to stay up late and party, feel free!

If you want to go to bed at a reasonable time and celebrate "First Morning" with me, reply and let me know! Let's start something new!