Driving along the street the other day I passed a car without a door handle. (Just so you know, this is not a picture of the actual car I drove past…both my hands were on the wheel. The photo is for illustration only.) The driver was moving with the traffic; the car was working.
My mind began to wander, how did the driver get in the car? Did he have to climb in from the passenger’s side? Did he reach from the back seat and open the door? How long has the car been in this condition? A day? A month? Longer?
Stay with me on this runaway train of thought. Perhaps, after a few times of getting into the car, the driver decided he could wait to save up enough money to fix the car instead of put it on a credit card. After all, once he got into the car, he was fine. Just a bit of inconvenience to get in and out. He learned to COPE. Maybe even, after a while, the entering and exiting became second nature. You do what you have to do.
I assume this was an involuntary situation, unless he got the car at a greatly reduced price because it came with a crushed door handle. What would happen if we CHOSE to put ourselves in challenging situations that forced us to COPE in a positive way? What if we purposely set up “a broken door” to work around?
What if you parked two blocks away from your work and developed the habit of walking that extra distance to and from your job? What if you didn’t take your laptop charger with you so you’d have to finish your writing before the computer died? What if you plugged your television into a timer outlet that shut off at a certain time? What if you bought a two-story house for the extra exercise from stairs?
I watched a video clip of Denzel Washington giving an inspirational talk in which he challenged his listeners to put their shoes way under the bed at night so they would have to get on their knees in the morning. (Hint: pray.) These are purposeful opportunities to force ourselves to COPE, or figure out a different way to do things, with a positive result. New good habits could be created because you have to change. To get in the car, you have to go through the back seat!
So, I’ve said all this to CHALLENGE you to create your own broken car door, a COPING opportunity that helps you develop a new good habit. What will you do? Reply to this post and share what you’ve decided to do and how it is going.
Hope you are off to a great year.