As a result of all the snow today around the UK, a number of schools closed for the day.
Tomorrow, I was due to speak to deliver some workshops to around 300 pupils at my old school, over 20 years after leaving.
But the weather has meant that the workshops have also been postponed – the school will not be open due to the icy roads and terraces.
Of course there is something positive to come out of this – I can now practice my talk even more – it can be hard sometimes being a perfectionist.
I used to be a perfectionist, but now I am not so sure. Work that one out 🙂
A friend called me this afternoon and commiserated me on the workshops being cancelled. He then mentioned how he too would love to one day go back to his school and share some of his lessons of life with the youngsters there.
I suggested he just had to call the school and offer a talk. He replied that he was not ready yet – and would like to wait for a few years still.
I challenged him to call the school over the next few days. I have watched the development of this friend over the last three years and he has come a long way both personally and professionally. He has so much of value to share with anyone, especially young people. And yet he wanted to wait till some day in the future when he was more “perfect”.
He will now hopefully be speaking at his old school soon.
In the meantime, here are some questions for you to reflect on:-
When will you stop reaching for perfection?
What would you share today about life with the pupils at your old school?
When will you go and speak at your old school?
You are the finished product already and you have so much to offer. The world needs your wisdom and energy today – not someday in the future.
Go out and share yourself as of today 🙂