Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Attention Deficit, puppies, and the ten commandments

If I had the chance to live without Attention Deficit Disorder, I don't think I would take it. No really, I mean it.

I have finally come to think of my ADD as a gift.

Let me explain.
It's like getting a new puppy. the pros outweigh the cons for me... when you pet the pup's fluffy little ears and he falls asleep on your lap after exhausting himself by chasing his tail, he is so darn cute that you forget all about how he chewed up toys and the "accidents" on the kitchen floor. Know what I mean?

I assume my ADD "gift" is why I forget things so easily and why I lose things all of the time. (Where are my keys? No, I mean really right now, Where are they?!) but what I've learned is that along with the negatives comes the ability to think outside the box*, (sometimes waaayyyy outside of the box),the compassion to forgive others mistakes (along with your own, of course) and a knack for enjoying the little things around me that the general population may not even notice.

I once was sitting in a John Maxwell seminar (at least I think it was John Maxwell) and I got a bit distracted. There was a huge copy of the ten commandments on the wall of the church near where we were sitting. As I sat reading them, I suddenly realized that I had never memorized them in order. If you had pushed me, I probably could have come up with all ten out of order, but if there is one thing I have learned, it's that order helps you remember things.

Ten commandments.... ten fingers.... and I just happened to have all ten with me at the church. So by the time John (or whoever it was) was done speaking, I had a foolproof way to remember them forever. Each finger size and position is very important in how I remember all ten in order. (are you curious yet?)

My only problem now is that I can't really teach this to children because of where the third commandment ends up....


* Remind me to tell you about the bill board I saw pertaining to "thinking outside of the box."


1 comment:

Sheila Siler said...

I'm gonna check this tip out - hmmm . . .