This is the present I received this year. In case you have not seen one, it’s called a “Fidget Spinner.” You hold them anyway you want; most hold it between your thumb and index finger and you well… you spin it. It is so cool; it just keeps spinning around and around and around.
When I opened the fidget spinner I was delighted, I couldn’t help myself, I started laughing and immediately I also started well… spinning. It was like wacky cake for my fingers. If you’ve ever been sitting in the chair across from me in my office, you already know that this was the perfect gift for me. I have all sorts of things I fidget with…a pair of cheap cuff links…that rock that I’ve had on my desk since the mid-‘80s…little magnets with tiny metal balls that I had to put away because I kept losing them…I fidget with pencils, pens, paper clips…anything that is laying around.
I believe there is purpose behind my wife’s very thoughtful and meaningful gift. She is hoping I’ll take it with me to restaurants and fidget with the fidget spinner instead of the little wrapper that holds the paper napkin or worst yet, in her mind, the spoon. Spoons are great things to fidget with.
I’m a person who fidgets. I’ve accepted this about myself. I try to be attentive to the fact that it is often distracting to others. I’ll sometimes ask if it’s OK. I apologize when I notice someone trying to figure out what in the world I’m fidgeting with. I also make it a point not to take a favorite fidgeting gadget into an important meeting.
Right now I’m as unsure about where this memo is going while writing it, as you might be reading it, but let me just say… I’m so happy to have someone in my life who knows me enough to get me a fidget spinner for my birthday. I’m also grateful that my birthday is on my vacation, and I’m relaxed enough or vulnerable enough to receive a fidget spinner with the same smile on my face as I had when, for my 7th birthday, I got a new baseball glove and a puppy.
Life is just too short not to smile at yourself being yourself. By the way, I’m saying that as my fidget spinner is spinning beside me. I discovered you can lay it on a flat surface and it turns and turns and turns… this is thing is great!
Keep the Faith,