Butterfly Umbrella

After parking my car, I reached behind the seat for my umbrella. It was lightly raining, and I had a few blocks to walk to work this morning. Instead of laying hands on my blue and white striped golf umbrella, I pulled out my wife’s cute, curvy handled, butterfly umbrella.

At first, I thought I’d just risk the rain instead of sporting the adorable thing. A voice in my head said something like this:

You’ll look stupid with that frilly thing. What are you, little Bo Peep?

In a moment of clarity, I banished my inner critic, opened that lovely thing, and walked on. It was a good thing too. Not 2 minutes into my walk, the skies opened up dumping a small ocean on my head. I can only imagine the state I would have been in at the end of that walk. Dripping wet, I would have looked quite the sight; me, my wet clothes and bag justified only by that silly pride for the rest of the day.

Like me, what do you risk by listening to that inner critic?


Jason is a developer, Scrum Master, writer, teacher, coach, husband, father, and community leader out of Tulsa Oklahoma. He's been delivering software since 2007 and absolutely loves the values and principles of agility especially as given form by the Scrum framework.