By Jen Adair, blogger at Slightly Tilted, Entrepreneur, Homeschool Mom to two fab kiddos
On a day when I was feeling pretty good about my ability to take over the world and still have time to make dinner for my family, I read the following historical fact:
Princess Khutulun, the niece of the Mongol leader Kubla Khan, was described by Marco Polo as the greatest warrior in the Khan’s army. She told her uncle she would marry any man who could wrestle her and win. If they lost, they had to give her 100 horses.
She died unmarried with 10,000 horses.
Did you hear that big whooshing sound? That was my ego slowly deflating.
My wrestling technique is lacking in skill, technique, and effectiveness. I rely heavily on tickling and stalling. I am also a klutz, which immediately gives my opponent an advantage.
I have no doubt, based on past experiences, that I would have peed in my pants before the first wrestling match and died of embarrassment on the spot.
Just picture it. I would die horseless in wet pants. That’s a sad way to go.
I will have to earn my horses another way.
To do this, I must figure out two things.
1. Something I’m great at.
2. Something I believe in enough that I would wrestle 100 men in order to protect it.
The second thing isn’t that hard to figure out. Several things come to mind immediately – my faith, my family, my friends. Possibly Thai food.
It’s the first thing that’s really hard for me to figure out; I have no idea what I’m great at.
If I was going to challenge someone to a contest that I was sure I would win, what would it be? Complaining? Chewing? Making crock pot chicken? Freestyle dance to 80’s music?
Yep. That last one may be my ticket to an absurd amount of horses.
I have been giving a lot of thought to values, balance, and finding my strengths lately. After putting off a surgery I needed for two years, it’s finally time to go under the knife and that means streamlining some things in my life. It means letting go of some things that I love, but I’m not awesome at, in order to focus on things that I love more that I could possibly be great at. It can be really hard to determine which is which.
It’s easy to get emotionally attached to habits and processes which are familiar to you but aren’t the most beneficial for you.
Fortunately, I can now let go of trying to make perfect bird houses out of popsicle sticks and toilet paper rolls and focus more on my 80’s dancing.
After all, you have to figure out what’s important to you and protect it with your God-given talents.
And build big stables. Big, huge stables.
Hey, I’m Jen Adair. I’m an entrepreneur, Homeschool mom, CEO of organized chaos. Ok — it’s really not all that organized. Some days are great, some are not, some days I feel invincible, some days I can barely get out of bed. BUT… it’s my life and I’m living it. Browse my collection of random thoughts, humor (well, I think I’m funny!), images, links, whatever… at my blog Slightly Tilted. Sharing is caring, people!