Come to find out, I may not be a lazy oaf at all! Maybe I had an internal knowing that pushed me to do things I couldn’t understand!
I was reading an article this morning about something called ‘the 5 hour rule’. The author said that many successful people, break up their day by doing something completely unrelated to their work. Even when they are under strict deadlines and don’t have a moment to spare. They step away and focus on something new. Read, write, learn about something they are unfamiliar with. Some just take quiet time and allow random thoughts to take their mind wherever it wants to go!
I am sure there are other aspects of this ‘5 hour rule’ that I missed. But I liked reading this part! Probably because I do this all the time!
Most of the time I am working on something and I am fully engaged. Then out of the blue, I find myself on an unrelated website, reading an article, or searching for an inspirational image of god-only-knows what! Perhaps I distract myself with conversation. Sometimes light and playful. Other times philosophical.
But unlike the super smart or successful people that do this with intention and use it as a way to grow. I chastise myself. I have held it as a form of procrastination or an unnecessary distraction. I have even wondered if these breaks were were a sign of some weakness or lack of discipline!
How freeing to think that when our mind needs a break, it takes one. That too much time spent focused on one thing actually requires us to focus on something else as a form of relief!
I took a deep breath just reading about it.
This goes hand in hand with another thought that has stayed with me lately. We are expanding and evolving whether we are aware of it or not. And there is no way to fail. Think about that: NO WAY TO FAIL.
We are absolutely creating and having the experiences we need to take us to the next place on our journey. Even when we think we are going in circles, there are new levels of awareness that are being layered in to our being. We are becoming more of who we are. Each pass of a situation or experience informs the next choice we will make.
Both of these concepts feel particularly freeing for me right now. I have a tendency to be critical or hard on myself if I think I am off track or purpose. The same is true when I find myself repeating a lesson I thought I had learned.
Most of us are our own worst critics. Isn’t it nice to find a couple of areas where we can let ourselves off the hook?
We all navigate our journeys in unique and unusual ways. That is how it is suppose to be. It doesn’t matter how someone else found success, love, health, beauty, passion or purpose. Each of us will find them in our own way, on our own terms.
But as of this moment, I will see my forays into distraction as part of my creative process. AND no matter what I do, I will still be learning and evolving. So there is no way to fail!
With Light, Love, and Laughter