Life: Reboot

June 22, 2012 in Asia, Thailand, Travelogue

Just when you think it can’t possibly get any worse, it doesn’t. At least not for you. 

Hannah this morning

My house is full.

My kids are rockin’ out to some music I can’t stand this morning while they go about their chores. Gabe is sweeping the kitchen, final clean up after Ezra’s egg  and plate flinging experiment this morning. Hannah is washing dishes, tricked out in her bandana and “Live Your Dreams” shirt. Elisha is starting laundry. Ezra is looking for a hairbrush, which he sorely needs to find. His hair is in that horrid “wooly” stage that occurs just before it all decides to settle down and grow out nicely. 

I have a cup of tea, my second. The Man is working. All is well, on our end of the island.




On the other end of the island, there is a family grieving.

Their baby died yesterday. 

Yes, you read that right.

How is it that the sun keeps coming up when someone’s baby dies? There’s something wrong about that.

As you know, if you’ve been reading along, death is a theme this month in our lives. There are seasons like that, I suppose. They serve to give us the wake up call we need, the perspective that slips away with little irritations like a plate of eggs tossed across the kitchen and shattering all over the tile floor by accident. 

And then, sometimes, in the shadow of tragedy beyond description, you’re in the shower, thinking: “Okay, pull yourself together, you’ve got this call and it’s important, get your head in the game,” and all of the other things we tell ourselves to keep breathing even though we know that the world should screech to a halt and honor the life of a child and the immeasurable suffering of a family. You’re pulling it together, you wash away a layer of something you know you should hang on to in favor of keeping an appointment, and the appointment turns out to be exactly the right thing at the right moment. 

You know those points in life where the stars align and your passions align and you look at a complete stranger and it just works?

You see a combined purpose and a combined possibility and you think to yourself, “You know, this really might just change the world… or at least some lives… which is the same thing, right?” I had that moment last night, after the news of the death of baby Trek.

My first thought this morning when I woke was, “Life:Reboot.”

That’s the take home message. Of Trek’s short life. Of the conversation to the opposite side of the world. Of all of it. 

I waste too much time. I have to focus. I need to narrow it down, do the stuff that matters, channel my energies. I’m famous for having fifty projects on the go, and truthfully, I work better under pressure. I love working hard at things that inspire me, and it could be argued that too many things inspire me.

The Dude I talked to last night said one thing that stuck with me: “Our goal is to be absolutely #1 in the world at what we do.” And what they do is well defined, getting better defined every year, in fact. 

So these are my questions for you this morning, and for me as well:

  • What is it that you are passionate about? 
  • How are you going to change the world with the time and resources you have? 
  • What is your big goal? 
  • Your life’s purpose? 
  • How can you narrow your focus, cut the fat and do the things that really matter? 
  • Do you have the guts to? 
  • And if we do, then what? 


Talk to me, people.