This is going to sound super-silly, but it was further confirmation of a great lesson.
I was on my morning run the other day about a mile and a half deep into my neighborhood when I passed a house whose address seemed quite strange. The number jumped out at me. It was 5109. I live at 5105.
I was sweaty and winded from my run, so I stopped and stared at it for a moment because I thought I must be reading it wrong.
“How can this be 5109 when I live at 5105… How can it only be 4 numbers off from mine, this far into the neighborhood.”
I was confused. I stood there mid-run, heart pounding and sweaty for about 5 minutes trying to figure it out. I couldn’t. It really twisted my brain up. I was seriously thinking about it from every angle and kept coming up empty. I even thought about how confused the Fedex guy must be! I decided that I must be mistaken or crazy so I shrugged my shoulders and kept on running.
As I got my jogging rhythm back and my mind cleared, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Holy shit. It’s 5109, but on a different STREET!
I laughed at myself at how stupid, simple and seemingly obvious that answer was.
Then I thought about how many other times in life we think too hard about something. How often we overcomplicate not just large challenges but also the simple things.
When our brains get really spun-up into thought, it can go down so many rabbit holes and paths that may be complicated and entirely unnecessary. We end up miles and miles away from the answer or explanation that may be super simple and staring us right in the face.
Take a step back. Calm down. Breathe. Focus on something else for a bit and many times the best, real and true answer will smack you right in the face.
And if all else fails and inspiration and answers don’t come to you….
You can always just jump in the shower.