Enjoy a detour!
Many times we get so focused on our “destination” that we don’t take time to enjoy all of the things we encounter on the journey. Whether it is a road trip or focusing on reaching a goal, remain aware and open to all of the wonderful things that will cross your path. You may find that the detour is more spectacular than the destination! (Source: Positivity Nation)
I've been writing a book. Sometimes I get inspired, begin writing and get really focused for really long periods of time. I forget to take a break. At the end of my focus time I feel tired and hungry and out of balance. Lately I've been trying to incorporate something called the "Power Hour" into my work day.
The Power Hour is 50 minutes of uninterrupted focus no phone, no email, no distractions) with a 10 minute break. Ideally the 10 minute break is doing something to energize us. My favorite is going outside for some fresh air.Perhaps having a healthy snack, a cup of tea or a bit of physical activity.
Incorporating a few Power Hours into my day makes me much more productive, more balanced and allows more time for detours that further energize me and spark my creativity.
Yesterday I found this 10 minute video posted on Facebook by The Kindness Center that will be another way for me to take a detour to get to gratitude and energize me and my work.
Practice forgiveness – not only for the actions of others, but forgive yourself of your mistakes. Release the past and its hold over you.
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."
~Louis B. Smedes
"Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another's control... to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else's nightmare."
On a personal note, I need to dole out a dose of forgiveness today. I've been distraced by someone else's nightmare for way too long. I love what Lance Morrow said, "Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else's nightmare.":
Thank you Positivity Nation for this Week of Positive Action as well as your permission to share it! Visit them at www.positivitynation.com
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