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Enough!  I have to keep telling myself it’s enough.  In May I was fortunate enough to start a great new job.  It meant shutting down my own business.  It meant not posting to my blog twice a week or even once a week as I had hoped and planned to continue doing.

Time was an issue but the larger issue was figuring out what I wanted to write about.  I mean, now that I wasn’t blogging to attract clients, I could write about anything…and there I got lost in thought for awhile.  I even created a new blog that I called “Raised by Bookworms or, How I Learned to Relax and Love Our Mild-mannered Lifestyle.”

The title came to me on a typical trip to the library on a Saturday afternoon with my husband and my son.  All three of us were perfectly content poking through the shelves, making our selections, and then retreating to a nearby cafe to read and drink coffee (well, water for the 7-year-old who doesn’t yet like coffee).  Earlier that very same week I had been practically apologizing to my son’s teacher during a parent-teacher conference for not exposing my son to more socializing through playdates with his school mates on the weekends.  She must have asked what we liked to do on the weekends and on the spot, I could only think of the things that we didn’t do enough.

But at the library, I could see that what we were doing suited us perfectly.  And the punchline to my funny sense of inadequacy was “What’s the worst thing people can say about my son’s childhood? That he was raised by bookworms?”  It amused me enough to consider blogging about parenting under that title.

But parenting isn’t the only thing I wanted to blog about.  I love blogging about creative time management and making time for a creative practice.  Umm…that’s why I started the business I did.  And although I’ve put the business aside, the passion is still there.  I’m just going to have to follow my own advice and make the time for blogging as my creative outlet, no matter how busy I think I am with the working and parenting and…all the other stuff.

Oh yeah, and I am going to have to keep learning how to relax because I forget every now and then.  I really do love our mild-mannered lifestyle among the library shelves, lattes at the cafe, and artwork at the museum.  It’s more than enough!

You’ll find me posting here in this blog occasionally in between the other stuff.  It’s enough.

My family loves to watch the TV show Cash Cab. Unsuspecting riders get in the cab and give a destination in NYC and the driver announces that this is a TV game show within a cab. It’s so much fun to try to answer the questions as the cash prize adds up. The penalty for 3 incorrect answers is that the cab ride ends and contestants have to get out; the reward for reaching their stop is a cash prize and a free cab ride. What’s not to love?

The ride ends with a double or nothing video bonus question. From the couch, I am always cheering the riders to “Go for it!” because it makes the show more exciting. Indeed, many riders do try the video option and most walk away with double the prize money. Why not? The contestants entered the cab expecting to pay for the ride and instead have gotten a free ride and a cash prize. There’s really nothing to lose in risking double or nothing. That’s what I would do if I were on Cash Cab, I think. It’s an easy decision to make when the stakes are not mine.

What would you do if presented with the same choice? Most people I’ve asked developed a rationale for making the decision. It would depend on how much money there was in the bank (or how much even the smaller sum was needed). It would depend on the amount of the cash offered. If less than a certain amount, the person would risk doubling it.

Most of us approach decision-making with some criteria based on personal experience.  What reasonable limits do we establish for ourselves for making decisions in advance?  What’s negotiable?  What’s not negotiable?  We are faced with decisions all the time at work and at home.  The stakes are usually not so clear so it can be harder to make a tough choice. Evaluating a list of pros and cons is a tried and true method for making such decisions because it helps clarify exactly what is at stake for the decision-maker. And it helps to remember whatever advice you get, from those of us sitting on the couch, you are the one who has to make and live with the decision.

In reality, I would probably walk away from the Cash Cab with a $600 prize in hand rather than risking double or nothing.  What would you do?