I called my lack of motivation ennui. And I knew it wasn’t me, but my systems. So I worked with my coach on plugging back into my sense of purpose and accomplishment. I tried to counterbalance the slowing effects of shorter days and cooler weather. And yet it wasn’t budging…
And then my doctor called with the lab results of my annual physical. It looked like I might have one of those brain-fog inducing vitamin deficiencies…
It explained so much.
A number of small lessons and insights followed that news, but here are the two I want to share with you today:
Despite my skills and experience, I was completely unaware that in trying to address my lack of get-up-and-go, I was trying to “fix” myself. There is a fine line between using a system to change one’s working conditions and using a system to change oneself. And I had crossed it.
And the moment I realized I had, I experienced a huge wave of relief and release of energy. It really wasn’t me! It was my systems! My body systems!
And that reminded of me of two important things that are still much too easy for me to forget:
- It takes an immense amount of energy to try to fix yourself. Rocket fuel quantities. More than you have. And it doesn’t work. Just don’t do it.
- My brain is an organ and that means my thoughts are generated by my body. Less than healthy body = inability to think clearly. Thus proving my maxim – health before self-improvement! – once again.
Good Time Management = Good Energy Management
Now that I’m my cheerful, productive self again, I’m turning my attention to the coming winter term. I had already chosen energy as the theme of the coming quarter’s pre-course event, but my recent experience reinforced just how fundamental good energy management – especially how we care for our physical energy – is to effective time management.
So starting next Monday, from December 1 to January 1, we’ll be exploring different forms of energy and how to balance our exhales with inhales so the ecosystems of our lives remain sustainable.
Then from January 5-12 we’ll be putting that knowledge into practice in a 7-Day Energy Challenge to find out just how much small improvements in how we care for our physical energy changes our outlook and productivity for the better.
Stay tuned here on the blog for all the details (or follow along via the Aerogramme).
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The holiday season can be a beautiful, celebratory and restful time of year. It can also be a huge source of overwhelm – a quicksand of too much stuff, too many activities, too much food, too many people, too much emotion.
From now through Thursday, December 18, How To Get Out of the Quicksand of Overwhelm includes a short bonus guide that builds on the principles and techniques of the handbook and shows you how to sidestep holiday quicksand and step into in the beauty of the season with pleasure and confidence.
[ Note: If you’ve already purchased the Handbook, look for the holiday bonus in your email inbox very soon. ]
Thanks, Awe and Wonder
Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving, so I feel I should close by expressing my gratitude for all of you. And while that’s completely true and real, it feels a little forced, you know? Like when some relative makes everyone at the table share something for which they’re grateful before digging into the turkey and mashed potatoes… and each person says family.
Here’s what I’d like to share instead. Every Friday during my weekly review I note my favorite small moments of fun or wonder (inspired by the example of Laura Simms, along studies of the power of awe).
For your inspiration and amusement, here are my unvarnished answers to the question: What moments of awe/wonder or fun did you experience this week? for the year so far…
- Last Sunday’s sky-blue-sky walk along the railroad tracks, followed by a long nap.
- snow to spring overnight
- Sweet Honey in the Rock! (that’s what 40 years of practice will get you)
- that the orthotics are working – yay! thank you Dr. B and western medicine
- people’s resilience and positivity in the face of losing everything to house fire
- the gala. it rendered me speechless
- beauty of the blooming peonies and gorgeous (though hot) weather
- goodness, the flowers are amazing
- lucky in the goodwill shoe lottery
- discovering I’m a regular at the creperie and here at ABs
- gorgeous roses! trellis looks amazing!
- seeds sprouting!
- library books
- finding that feather in the driveway = lighten up/about to take flight
- perfect spider web indoors!
- homegrown corn!
- I spent too much time nose-to-grindstone to notice. (Can that be true? and is it true there’s no awe inside the internet? double check.)
- smell of summer rain
- the skunk
- and the plastic lion
- and PvZ
- the full moon
- I at least took myself out for a bike ride
- meeting bike repairman Brett at just the moment when I needed a repair
- cycling in sunshine + finding that “you are beautiful” sticker on guardrail at bluff
- that moment when the optometrist demonstrated my monovision (I don’t know what made it so hilarious, but it was)
- last nights full moon
- our “snow day” (that wasn’t) was kind of fun + nice to fire up the digital fireplace
- hosting dinner party – I should do that more often
Rather than trying to summon that obligatory sense of gratitude, compile your own list of small moments of awe, wonder and delight – just what you’ve experienced today or this week – and see what happens instead. (It just might leave you feeling genuinely and deeply thankful…)
Wishing you an awe-some holiday and weekend.
Peace and love,
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