The Ones In The Middle

Typically the oldest and youngest siblings are recognized for their leadership and charismatic qualities. Judy Blume, however, wrote a book called “The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo.”  Essentially, if you are the middle child, to get noticed, you have to do something to set yourself apart to be known from the eldest and the youngest of your siblings.

A few noted middle children are Abraham Lincoln, Warren Buffet, Jennifer Lopez, Herbert Hoover, Judd Apatow, David Letterman, Anne Hathaway, Bill Gates and Britney Spears. You may be the eldest or the youngest, even a one and only—but whatever your birth order, you are some space in the between of your life.

You are not at the beginning, nor are you at the end, but you are in the middle. The beginning of your life was given to you. Likely the beginning of your work life and adult life you made your own choices-full of hope and wonderful anticipation. The end of life may be full of hope also but with less eagerness in the steps toward that time. Somewhere between now and then is NOW.

Maintaining enthusiasm for what you are doing in the present may be accomplished in three ways:

1. Recall that today is a day independent from days past. The freshness of this day is unmarred and a new gift, to be opened in faith, not fear of what the next 24 hours have to give you.

2. Take a nap. “Ultimately, at work, the most important thing is our energy. It’s not exactly how many hours we are sitting at our desks, but how present we are when we are there.”  -Arianna Huffington, “Business Insider.”

3. This evening of this day is a time to recall the unmerited pleasures of this day like the breath of cool air that caught you unawares at exactly the time you needed that refreshment.


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