Small kids are not self-conscious. If they don’t understand how to do jumping jacks, they’re not afraid to give it a try and put their own spin on it.
When Brian coached Logan’s pee-wee soccer team, very few kids completely understood the concept of jumping jacks as a warm-up activity. Most ended up dancing in place. But they all had fun.
Brian learned a lesson in his time coaching Logan’s team. He relays it in Chapter 18, “Who Cares If It Looks Weird?”
I think the bigger lesson is the one I’m learning from Logan and his teammates, which is twofold: One, fun is a crucial stress-reliever that we don’t have often enough in the adult world. Two, if you have fun and relieve stress, who cares if you look a little weird? For a few minutes each day, everyone should be allowed to remove the yoke of self-consciousness and do something just a little crazy.
I admit it, co-workers have caught me doing a few (what I hope are properly executed) jumping jacks in my office. If my energy is low, if I’m in a bad mood or if I’m having one of those days in which problems and crises arrive on my desk in waves, I push my chair back, stand up and work in a few dozen jumping jacks. It raises my heart rate, makes me breathe a little faster and — perhaps most importantly — takes my eyes off my computer screen for a few minutes.
I’ve resolved that if I have to resort to holding a one-man gym class in my office, I’m going to do it. It makes me feel better and allows me to be more alert and productive for the rest of the day.
And it revisits a recurring theme of this book — if you set the example as the leader, others are more apt to follow along.