A few years ago, I had a phone conversation with a screenwriter from one of the largest movie studios in the world.
He wanted to talk about turning my first book Stuff Christians Like into a movie.
At first, I was excited but then I started getting really drunk on my own sense of awesomeness. I was getting arrogant and lost in the idea of the movie, until I talked to my daughter L.E., who was 5 at the time. Here’s how our conversation went:
“L.E., I just talked to a movie studio that makes a ton of amazing movies about turning my book into a movie!”
“Really? OK. Are we going to go outside and play today?”
I love it.
Kids are like tiny little rockets that carry you back to the things that matter most. Just when you start spinning off in your own orbit, a two second conversation with your kid will remind you what’s most important.
Getting all worked up about your Klout score? Talk to your kid about it.
Getting all stressed about your Google Analytics web traffic? Talk to your kid about it.
Getting frustrated that you don’t have enough followers on Twitter? Talk to your kid about it.
A kid will beautifully and instantly crush your belief that blog traffic is a measurement of the quality of your life. A kid will giggle when you try to tell them why your Twitter presence is declining because your Klout score dropped a point. A kid will stare at you in baffled wonderment as you try to explain why you need more fans and friends on Facebook.
Kids care about what matters most.
And if you want to get your ego wrecked in the best possible way, talk to one about the things you think matter.