If I Should Die

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

You know the prayer:Graphic of a girl in "onesies pajamas with feet," on her knees praying by the side of a cradle.

Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

Even I know the prayer, though I was not raised in a particularly religious household as I remember – which is always an iffy thing since I am the poster girl for a-historic.

I’m famous for the comment, “I didn’t see that movie,” to the very person who is in the position to say, “Yes you did. We saw it together!” (Now, wouldn’t you think they’d ALSO give you a clue about occasion, their presence or the plot? But then again, why ruin a funny story?)

But back to the prayer. You know, little kids are terrified by that prayer.

“But I don’t want to ask God to die!”
is a response many remember having,
chins quivering.

ADD kids aren’t the ones with that response, however.

What scares ADDers . . .

This scares ADDers

The truly terrifying part of that particular prayer is that part at the end — the part when we are expected to recite, for God and whomever it is smiling benignly from the bedside with visions of some adorable child-at-prayer-we-know-we-will-never-be dancing in their heads, a list of everyone-in-our-lives-deserving-of-blessing!

God Bless Mommy and Daddy, God Bless Junior, and Spot, and Natalie-next-door . . .

Never mind the fact that we don’t WANT God to bless Natalie-next-door, since she was such a pill about the unfortunate beheading of her second favorite doll. We wish Natalie the exact opposite of such blessings – and wish that God would take HER soul so that we could get on with our really nifty French Revolution game with the rest of her dolls.

Never mind the fact that we can’t reconcile the competing injunctive that lying is a sin, never to be done by good little girls, under pain of yet another round of, “I’m so disappointed in you.”

We know that if we don’t God bless Natalie-next-door we are in for another boring discussion of Natalie’s virtues after which we will be forced to say God bless Natalie-next-door anyway.

The REALLY Scary Thing

That part is relatively simple compared to the rest: REMEMBERING to list everybody in our lives!
No ADD kid can function under that kind of pressure.

It’s not that we don’t necessarily recall the cast of characters — it’s those NAMES that are so darn pesky.

Come on, we KNOW the names of our relatives and friends and teachers and pets
and so on!

It’s just that, for some reason, coming up with them nightly is a unique kind of penance reserved for bad little girls who appear to torture dolls.

Cortexes, Cars and Courtesies

We know NOW that the ADDer’s pre-frontal cortex shuts down under performance pressure, like an old car with a ten second lag between flooring the accelerator and any car movement what-so-ever. But that knowledge wouldn’t have helped much with the expectation that our minds would be able to produce, on demand, the monikers of anyone who has ever been so stupid as to entrust us with that information.

Read the REST of this article at ADDerWorld by clicking HERE (there’s a sign-up, but it’s absolutely free)  
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If, after reading, you want to join me in building that kind of supportive community, let me know.   

COOL, huh?

©The article above  is slated for inclusion in an upcoming ADD article anthology, Turkey Broth for the ADD Spirit.

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie is a certified coaching pioneer, a Senior Certified ADD Coach, co-founder of the ADD Coaching field, and founder and director of The Optimal Functioning Institute™, the world’s first ADD-specific Coach Training.
To have a conversation about Coaching with her, check out the e-me form. (Be sure you check one of the coaching choices, or it won’t land where it’s supposed to in a VERY full inbox.)

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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