What a Triple Salchow and Gutters Can Tell You About Your Life

It looked just fine, after all it hadn’t rained in weeks. Tom jumped on the roof like it was no one’s business, he’d done it every year for that 6 years. Part of the “honey-due” routine most couples have.

The challenge though, Tom’s front lawn still had the remnants of the overnight dew clinging to it like a dryer sheet on fleece.

The ladder went up for the annual gutter clean, his work boots were the tennis shoes he retied to yard work. We all have that pair. They once propelled us into action during the pursuit of something fun, now they have crusted sides and scars of yard work gone bad

Tom’s first step was solid, he pivoted and that’s when the dew on the slippery shoes meet with the cedar-shaked shingles, just waiting to pull the rug from under him.

If you’ve ever watched a figure skater collapse under a triple salchow that never stuck, you now know what Tom looked like as he we down on the roof. Shaken but not stirred, luckily Tom’s, now limp carcass still living, lay dishevelled on the roof. Spared from embarrassment, no neighbour was in site and he’d be fine. Only to question the pursuit to begin with.

The story here is twofold. When we put expectations on others, power is lost in that relationship, the opportunity for collaboration evaporates. “Honey-do” lists aren’t empowering and put the couple into individual sports rather then perform as a team.

Secondly, having the proper gear and tools is essential for ANY job. You wouldn’t use an abacas at work or a Tandy 2000 so why at home.

Create the best version of your life and know when to work together and when to outsource to other professionals.

Tyler Hoffman



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