A-A-B-B. That 4-letter magic formula will get you to some smart places in life, as good as the A-B-C rule, “Always Be Closing.”
A-A-B-B is Avoid, Acceptable, Borrow, or Buy. And we’re not just talking the material world. You can apply A-A-B-B to all areas of your life; people, things, events, situations.
You can A-A-B-B when you meet a new person and are deciding whether or not to take them on into your fold, or when you find yourself wondering “should I say something or should I not?”
For example, you’re at a restaurant and just finished a great meal, but are still feeling a tad hungry. When you pick up the dessert menu, before ordering the New York Turtle Cheesecake for yourself, A-A-B-B it. Avoid it? Nice idea if you want to finally toss out the holey sweatpants. Acceptable? Yeah, sure, the cheesecake is acceptable if the size of your ass is acceptable to you. Borrow it? WHY YES. Have your dining partner order it and you borrow a few forkfuls off their plate. Food that’s not your own is calorie free. Buy it? What the hey, go ahead, it’s the holidays, treat yourself to your own slice.
Let’s say you’ve got a nasty neighbor across the street (more common than you know)—what to do about her annoying habit of leaf blowing all your leaves back to your driveway and out of hers?
You can Avoid her and just watch from the upstairs window, shaking your head and tsking away. Maybe you’ll decide to Accept this behavior, who cares, right? Blow away, sister. Perhaps you’ll Borrow a leaf blower and blow the leaves right back again as soon as she’s through. Passive aggressive feels good for a reason. Or will you BUY? Buy your own leaf blower and stand guard with it across your lap up in a deer tree stand you’ve built just for the leaf blowing watch occasion.
You can’t beat A-A-B-Bing your way through life.
Let’s try it–morning yoga class starts in 20 minutes. You can A-Avoid that downward dog today and stay in child’s pose in front of your lap top all morning, or A-Accept that you have reached that stage in life where if you don’t do something with your body every day you’ll be pulling your ass up with clothespins. And maybe you’ll move on to B-Borrow that yoga mat and show up at the studio.
I’m pulling that final letter B-Buy today with my yoga class. I will buy Beach Side Yoga with Rodney Yee Volume 1, and I’ll pop it in the DVD player and sit and watch, because we all know that yoga works through being fully present in the viewing experience, and also osmosis.
A-A-B-B. Pass the buttered popcorn, and look at this will ya? How in Sam Hill does Rodney spatula himself into a Speedo that small?