Earlier tonight, I said to Zoe, our five year old “You ok? You look tired”
“It’s my brain,” she replied. “It keeps thinking of things I have to do.”
I loved this for two reasons. First is the obvious parallel to the “to-do” paralysis that occasionally grips me. She doesn’t know how to write yet, so I can’t teach her how to create a GTD system 😉 Soon enough though, I’ll be able to help her learn about the magic of next actions.
Far more importantly though is the separation she feels from her brain. “It keeps thinking of things I have to do”. Not “I keep thinking.”
Kids get it. Her sense of self is independent of her body and brain. It’s taken me 36 years to remember that.