Screw The Extra Mile

They say you should always go the extra mile and, in principle, I totally agree. 

But, practically speaking, sometimes that’s just not happening. Sometimes it’s been long day or long week or long month and I’m plain tired. 

Sometimes I want to throw my middle finger up and say, “F You, Mile!”

Like this week, for example. Work’s been crazy and, on top of that Lily and Sam are in two separate day camps with two separate schedules. Lily’s at a gymnasts skills came in Matthews and Sam is at a sports camp at the Harris YMCA. 

So in addition to the regular routine I’ve made either two or three trips to Matthews or Charlotte every day this week. In fact as I write this I’m fixing to walk out the door for trip #2 today, and then trip #3 will be at 8:30 tonight when Lily gets out of gym practice. 

I feel like I’ve been living out of my truck this week and my schedule has been turned absolutely upside down.

Y’all, I’m tired. Beat-down tired. 

This is a week for doing the bare minimum, if you ask me. 

I certainly don’t feel like I can go any extra mile.

But you know what I heard last week? I was listening to an episode of Tom Bilyeu’s Impact Theory at lunch, not really paying much attention. In fact I don’t even recall who the guest was but he said one thing that slapped me in the face:

“You can always go the extra inch.”

I thought about that the rest of the day and it’s been on my mind since. The extra inch. 

Yeah, I can do that. I’m going to make that “my thing.”

The day I heard it I returned one more phone call, even though it was 9:00 at night.

Last night I talked to my daughter for an extra half hour, even though I was well past being ready for bed.

Today I tacked one 1 more sit-up after doing 140 of them. 

I’m realizing that there are hundreds of opportunities each day where I might not have the time, energy, or resources to go an extra mile. But in most of those cases I can manage to a least a little bit better.

The extra inch. That’s something I can always do.