Can you hear it?
“Summertime…and the livin’ is easy…One of these mornings, you’re gonna rise up singing. Yes, you’ll spread your wings, and you’ll take to the sky.”
Summertime from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
Every year at this time, I’m ready for a break. How about you? Whether it’s the beach, the mountains or a cabin in the woods, we’re ready to be at a place where the pace is a little slower and the living a little easier.
Even if you don’t have a vacation planned (but I hope you do), you can take a break in your mind that will help you to feel lighter…to rise up and take to the sky.
Take a break from Busyness – Have you overloaded your schedule to the point you can’t breathe? So many of us do. Sometimes it seems as though we wear “busy” as a status symbol. Change the pace a bit and see how much better you feel. You might be even more productive when you are working because your mind is not racing ahead to the next assignment.
Take a break from Worry – Worry takes up mental space that can be used for creativity or other positive pursuits. It also invites misery and discomfort into your life before they have to be there. As the Dalai Lama says, “If there is no solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it.”
Take a break from Regret – Regret keeps your energy and attention focused on the past, which cannot be changed, rather than on the future which can be created. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take some lessons from past experiences, but turn those lessons into guidance for the future rather than staying stuck in replaying a movie that always has the same sad ending.
Take a break from Negative Self-Talk – Listening to the voice of your inner critic can lead to decreased motivation, feelings of helplessness and chronic stress. It can lead to a lowered ability to see opportunities or to act on opportunities as they appear. Your mind believes what you tell it…the more you tell yourself that you can’t do something, the less able you will be to do it.
Isn’t it time you took a break? Give yourself some time off from these habits of thought that weigh you down and stress you out.
After all, it’s summertime!
Go forth and do great things,