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Doodling in the Margins

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I don't know if you doodle, but I do. I didn't always though. See, there was a time in my life when I would literally discard a journal that had writing on one page because I had made a mistake. Crazy, right? Yeah, it's sort of embarrassing but for as long as I can remember I've been a perfectionist although now I fancy myself as one in recovery. 

I recently read a great article online which led me to start reading G.K. Chesterton's Tremendous Trifles. It's free for the Kindle, so I jumped on that one-click ordering like an excited kid on Christmas Eve. Anyways, I have been processing the idea (that was highlighted in both the article and the book) that there are so many wonderful moments that we miss simply because of our perspective. 

Lately, I've been trying to have more fun in the most randomest of moments. Like the other day, I had a mini-scavenger hunt in a grocery store on a whim. Or I roll down the windows and sing-a-long to some terrible pop music from the 90s. My wife and I even invited a few people over to play Taboo and eat dessert. 

I like to think about it as doodling in the margins of life.  

We all have to wait for doctors, stand in line to mail our packages and stay on hold for a seemingly long eternity when we call customer service. So, I've decided something. I've decided that I can't avoid those moments (butlers are far too expensive these days) but instead, I can make something of them.   

So who's with me?  

Maybe you'll play an ongoing game of trivia with your colleagues or skip instead of walking. Whatever it is, I hope you find it worthwhile. Because life is short and vacations only come once a year - let's make memories from the seemingly mundane and see if others join us.