I can remember saying this as a test manager about software I recommended not to release. I think it came out as “Yeah! We shipped! That toilet has flushed!!” There are things that happen in life without the option to reverse action or “undo.” Lumi had a big day out today. Lucy was off school early, so I had to pick her up from school. I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce him to car rides, people and the big city. Oh sure the population is somewhere around three thousand, but to us farmers and a puppy, it is the big city. We had a great car ride. I carried him to the school from the car so he could get used to the sounds and cars. I let him down on the leash to walk into school. He did well. Then, he did a squat. “Oh no. Not here,” I think looking around. A steamy pile of puppy poo later, his HUGE load sat for review. Without paper or poo-bag to clean it up, I quickly went to the office to pick-up Lucy. After a huge cuddle with all the kids, Lumi, Lucy and I returned to the school courtyard with a plan. I did a quick scoop and a toss in the can with a few outside giggles. He did well in the big city and clearly left his scent.
And now, random page from The Little Book of Calm: Control Only What You Can Control
Be rigorous in differentiating between what is achievable and what is a waste of time. Then devote your energies only to those tasks you can achieve ( pass on the others to someone else ).