“If you’re too busy to sit for 10 minutes you need to sit still for an hour.”
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During my busiest working years, it was a source of pride for myself and many of my colleagues to pat ourselves on the back for our workaholic tendencies.
When asked how someone was doing words like slammed, jammed, and swamped were ways we stoked our egos and compared ourselves to mere mortals.
We were not only booked virtually every minute of the day, some folks actually overbooked themselves to show how incredibly important and indispensable they were.
For many of these people this way of operating had a double edge with a considerable downside to their health and their espoused important relationships.
To what degree do you include buffer/relaxation time into your daily schedule?
Consider starting with blocks of ten minutes and work your way into hours, days, etc.
Feel free to reply to this post on how this proverb applies to you and your world.
“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”
—Henry Kissinger, Former U.S. Secretary of State
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Over the past several years I’ve been fascinated by people who live a sustainable lifestyle. Many live in remote parts of the world, spending the majority of their days focused on providing the essentials of water, shelter, and food.
These hunter-gathers take whatever nature offers, or they go to bed hungry. On many a day they go to bed hungry anyway because nature’s food isles are empty.
Somehow these rugged individuals remain remarkably happy with their lives and limited alternatives. It is also very common that they thank some higher power for providing them sustenance for another day.
Where has a life with far too many alternatives cluttered up your mind and caused you distress?
Consider eating a very simple meal with only a few ingredients for one or more of your meals today to see how this might clear your mind a bit.
How might dramatically reducing your choices in other areas of your life offer you greater peace of mind?
“If they give you lined paper, write the other way.”
—William Carlos Williams, 20th-Century Puerto-Rican American Poet
The “Nine Dot Exercise” is a classic. The objective, if you’ve never seen it before, is to connect all the dots with four straight lines without lifting your pen or pencil. I’ve seen many people grow frustrated or give up in attempting to solve the puzzle.
I will not provide any of the possible solutions. You can Google it if you wish, but I will simply suggest that the solution is in approaching the exercise in a way that is not obvious at first glance.
Where would an alternative or even contrary approach be the way to solve one of your more pressing professional or personal problems?