Sometimes we get that high from life, that burst of energy, that swing in our step. We want to conquer everything on our list of goals and visions. But after a while, we lose that high, that burst, that swing, because we’re so overwhelmed, disorientated and exhausted by our plans. We need to realise that we sometimes have to start from the bottom of the staircase and sometimes we can only see the first few steps. Don’t try and create a whole new lifestyle with the snap of a finger. To keep that high, that burst, that swing, we have to pace ourselves and realise that we will need to work on ourselves and our craft. You’ll go much further if you take your time.
I think we sometimes fear being bored. We fear missing out on opportunities. We fear falling behind everyone else. So we keep ourselves busy through any means possible, whether at work or on holiday. We keep going as fast as we can. But one day, we will miss out on what was right in front of us, because we are constantly chasing the future. One day, we will lose what was most important, because we didn’t see its value soon enough. One day, we will come crashing to a halt, because we can’t keep up with ourselves anymore. One day, we might even wonder how we even got to such a place, because we weren’t even looking where we were going. We don’t ever let ourselves relax, rest and re-cooperate. Our minds are constantly being fed information by technology or other people. But it is ok to switch off, to have an off-day, to not have everything figured out. It’s ok to have precautions and take your time before making decisions. We can slow down. Slowing down can open our eyes. Being bored can feed our creativity. Taking a break can make us stronger for the day when we can’t take a break. Breathing allows us to refocus and recenter in the present moment and then figure out the future. If we take a moment to stop, we might be surprised what we see.
Picture: Yumi Sakugawa (Intent Blog)