“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” – Albert Camus
To step away from the machine…
is sometimes the most challenging move we can make.
There is ALWAYS another…
…call that could/should/would be made.
…project or follow-up that ought to be handled.
…hole in the dike or problem that should be managed.
…next-level vision or dream that needs to be implemented.
…and so on, and so forth, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
We can become so hypnotized by the back-and-forth pocket watch of our work, business, routine, and schedule that the mere idea of retreating for sanity’s sake is quickly rationalized away as impossible.
But what’s possible inside a machine except more of the same? More of the same is never about possibility.
Think of it: a toaster’s job is to make toast. There’s no meaning involved for the toaster. It just makes toast.
Ideally, the difference between us and machines is that we can comprehend, appreciate, and be inspired by meaning.
A personal escape now and again — whether it be a 3-day silent retreat, a ski trip or hiking trek into the mountains, a regular walk on the beach every evening, or a simple 10-minute fresh-air flight from the cubicle — can reintroduce meaning to the machine.
Far better than a RE-treat, however, which implies going back, giving yourself a BE-treat makes you available for a less predictable future…because you’re more present.
How can you betreat yourself into the present today?
“He who retreats lives longer.” – Michael Scott
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“You are pre-paving your future experiences constantly by what you think and feel and say.” – Abraham-Hicks
To pave a road…
is to make it smooth, easy to travel, on stable, durable substance vs shifting sand and gravel.
The investment in paved roads pays off in multiple ways, with us getting to where we want to be quicker with less strain on the vehicle.
If we take a few minutes (or even an instant) to apply this principle to our day, an upcoming meeting, or even swallowing a big pill, we can similarly get where we want to be quicker with less strain on our mental, emotional, and physical vehicle.
On the pill front, I sometimes take valerian root at night to ensure good, restful sleep. It seems to only come in a big capsule form, and often gets stuck when I attempt to swallow one.
However, upon applying the simple principle of pre-paving only a moment before, visualizing the pill going down easily, feeling the feeling (ahead of time) of being already relaxed as it travels down my throat, I found that the big pill didn’t pose a problem anymore.
It’s a simple idea, but ask yourself, “Do I take the time to pre-pave before…
–I get out of bed in the morning, envisioning an awesome day of unique surprises?”
–I speak to my partner, child, parent, sibling, coworker, prospect, client, etc., feeling the feeling (ahead of time) of harmonious communication?”
–going into my doctor’s office, ex’s home to drop off the kids, or sales team meeting, already embodying good vibrations and anticipating good news?”
–the necessary interactions I’m required to have with that ‘big pill’ of a boss, landlord, opposing counsel or in-law, playfully imagining a completely unexpected moment of real connection?”
Look, we can all take life as it happens, or we can have an ever so slight (or heavy) hand in directing it.
To twist a Robert Frost poem, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less [rough], And that has made all the difference.”
Invest in your personal roadways today. It can make all the difference.
Got personal roadwork ahead?
“Five or ten minutes in advance of pre-paving is a lot easier than 24 hours of trying to get your train back on track after it is derailed.” – Abraham-Hicks
“It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.” – Tim Ferriss
It’s an easily thrown around phrase…
to “get outside the box” in one’s thinking and actions.
It’s touted by forward-thinking individuals intent to disrupt the status quo…and, for sure, there’s not a person on the planet who couldn’t stand a new approach in one or more areas of life.
Yet, easy to say, harder to do. Just think of where that box came from:
1) a bottom constructed on early-life experiences that had us make self-limiting decisions that went straight into our subconscious because we had no fully-formed prefrontal cortex
2) side panels built upon the wisdom and critiques downloaded onto us by those who “knew”
3) a top established by patterns of self-reinforcing beliefs and even chemical addictions within the body keeping the same thoughts and feelings about ourselves in place
4) many sharp corners from ingrained habits and even defensiveness arising from all of these parts coming together.
Whew!! Now that poses a bit more substance to be addressed when seeking to “get outside the box,” doesn’t it?
Look, it’s not ominous or impossible. Of course not. Society and our world progresses on the heels of ex-boxers.
Yet, it’s worthwhile to acknowledge the true, underlying dismantling and reconstruction work going on behind the scenes of ourselves when we take on such a mantle.
Who’s your favorite ex-boxer? What bottom, side, top or corner of your own box could you explore/dismantle to become more like them today?
Got ex-boxer tendencies?
“Being able to ‘think outside the box’ presupposes you were able to think in it.” – Bob Lutz
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“Around here we don’t look backwards for very long… we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious… and curiously keeps leading us down new paths. ” – Walt Disney
May 1 has historically been celebrated…
to honor life and fertility returning to the world – the entrance of spring after the long, cold winter.
So, today is traditionally about newness, moving forward, expansion, prosperity and renewal.
Did you have anything better in mind to do today??
What one area of your life will you consciously choose to approach or regard newly today?
Will you revitalize your plan of utmost contribution to your employer or business, and/or is it finally time for being curious about other options?
Will you re-engage the spice and passion in your relationship, and/or are finding new ways to accomplish that long overdue?
Will you reinstate or elevate your health and fitness goals, and/or explore avenues for even a more optimized body and mind?
Will you review and recommit to the financial plan that gives you peace of mind, and/or find entirely new levels of prosperity to blow up that plan?
Look, today is just a day, like any other day, to open a new door and chart a new path.
Nothing says you have to engage in a new initiative.
But, if you’re still reading this JOLT Note, and you’ve already put time and attention into it, why not have something to show for it in the next 5 minutes?
Keep it simple. Pick something! One thing. Infuse new life and curiosity into it. Open a renew door or chapter…not because it’s May 1, but because you’re simply right now choosing to do so.
I just opened the door. We’re walking, we’re walking, we’re walking…
Got renew door?
“Old ways don’t open up new doors.” – Unknown