May 22, 2019 – JOLT – How do you betreat yourself?
“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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