For the first time in our daughter’s school life, she started classes before Labor Day. She’s a freshman in her new high school. She’s excited and rolling with the punches. I’m spending more time than I care to admit studying the handbook. The high school is amazing, and I have no doubt that she will thrive. Funny, that I’m the one feeling the transition.

At times of transition, it’s more important than ever to stay focused on the larger goal.

I was just starting to feel the groove in my surfing lesson when I got distracted. I was watching the shoreline for Andrea. We had planned for her to take photos and video after she got back from work.

I was not paying attention to the many steps I needed to take to get up on the board.

Then I spotted Andrea and my nerves kicked in. 

What if I NEVER got up on the board again? 

My one time I had been up so far, she wasn’t there to take a photo of the moment. How and why have I fallen prey to selfie nation? LOL!

Then –

What if I look like an idiot?

What if I’m not GOOD enough?

Oh, that horrific brain chatter.

After yet another face plant, I realized that I was going to have to channel my energies into just that moment. Nothing else could matter.

I paddled back out and lay completely flat on the board. I was silent and uber focused.

Jackson, my instructor, asked me if I was ok.

I replied: Zen Board time – 

Be the board, Danny. Be the board.

This time, I got out into the waves and back up on the board again.

I wasn’t worried about photos or videos or anyone else. 

It was just me and my board on the waves.

Here’s the explanation for those of you who aren’t familiar with one of the greatest movies of all time. No worries I had to explain it to Jackson too!

In “Caddyshack”, Danny is playing in the game of his life. His golf partner, Ty Webb (played by Chevy Chase), has him play golf blindfolded so Danny can learn how to block out distraction and focus solely on “being the ball.”

Be the ball, Danny. Be the ball.

Now I’m really showing my age. But that’s ok because wisdom comes with age.  Ready to be the ball or be the board? Call me 

See you in the surf,

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