Over the holiday break, I had the privilege of going to the Caribbean for 10 days, where each morning we were served brunch like this one.
As you can see, the brunch was served on a large lazy susan, with 20 seats around the table.
Each morning would be punctuated by laughs and "Hold On!" as we all tried to serve ourselves.
You had to be both quick and patient in the process. Quick to grab things as they went by, and patient to have things return to you.
Sometimes you were left holding a serving spoon, while the bowl it came from made its way around in a circle.
The spinning would slow after everyone had served themselves and started eating. Then often times, the chef would arrive with something new, and the turning would start up again.
Those who slept in often missed the best parts -- the eggs benedict, the french toast, the crepes., etc.
Yesterday, on the flight back home, I started reading some Epictetus (thanks Dave Mills) where he said:
Remember that in life you ought to behave as at a banquet. Suppose that something is carried round and is opposite you. Stretch out your hand and take a portion with decency. Suppose that it passes by you. Do not detain it. Suppose that it is not yet come to you. Do not send your desire forward to it, but wait till it is opposite you.
As I read these words, I couldn't help but think of the lazy susan.
As we enter into 2023, what do you currently see on the buffet in front of you that you want to grab onto before it passes you by? (Our leadership book circle starts The Essentials of Theory U, next week)
What new items might be placed in front of you, that you must wait to grab for until they are opposite you?
What might you miss if you "sleep in"?
Originally posted on LinkedIn with comments.
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I am Theresa Destrebecq.