Less Distraction, More Intention

One evening deep into winter I had a car brimming with swim team kids; it was my turn to drive everyone home. The afternoon was a whirlwind, and nothing had gone as planned. I apologized to the wet swimmers reeking of chlorine and explained that I needed to stop quickly and pick up takeout food. I ran from my car into the restaurant and stopped abruptly at the hostess station. The young woman looked up and asked if she could help me. I told her I had an order that I was very late picking up. She said, “Great, what’s your name?” I stood there. She looked at me. I stood there some more. She looked at me. I finally said, “That’s a great question.” I could not remember my name. As those words left my mouth, ...

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