In the comic book world, Kryptonite brought Superman to his knees. Superman would be kicking butt and Lex Luther or one villain or another would sneak some Kryptonite onto the scene and all bets would be off.
Kryptonite, the green, crystal-like mineral would weaken and sicken Superman. He’d be crushed to his knees. Of course, Superman is Superman and he’d eventually figure a way of out of the situation.
I’m no super hero, I’m just a normal every day father, husband, and son, but I can still relate. In real life, several things bring me to my knees, preventing me from living my best life. See how they compare for you.
–Small talk. (See my blog last week and you’ll understand.)
–Meetings that start late, take too long, and could really have been handled by email.
–Being a perfectionist and pleasing others. I’m a people pleaser. I hate to see others upset. It’s great for client service, stinks for everything else.
–Sweets between the hours of 5 to 8:30 p.m. I can eat healthy all day from morning to evening; drink eight glasses of water a day; and stay away from snacks, but once I pull into the driveway and the sun starts to set, all bets are off.
–Pizza and soft pretzels. It’s a Philly thing.
–Fear of failure. I’m an achiever. I like to get things done and check things off my list. No one likes to fail, but I really get bothered by it.
–Being so busy with work, home and everything in between that I’m not able to write. Those conditions all boiled together make for a grumpy Brian.
–Movies that when I come across them on TV, I can’t stop watching them. If I’ve seen them once, I’ve seen them a thousand times. Some are great, some are not, but they have a power over me. You known what I’m talking about, everything from Shawshenk Redemption; Ocean’s Eleven; Sweet Home Alabama; Brian’s Song; Notting Hill, and every movie Keanu Reeves has ever made with Point Break and The Replacements at the top of the list. I told you these weren’t all great movies, but like a bad accident, I just can’t look away. If I run across them, I’m in for the long haul.
Fortunately, like the Man of Steel, I will overcome my weaknesses. I will battle back. I will win out over the forces of evil.
What’s your Kryptonite?