There is something great about a holiday in the middle of the week. It seems to slow us all down and allow for reflection. It can be disorienting too. I understand that too well.
Our ability to withdraw can be the best way to move ourselves forward. Our success in doing this is letting go of "busy." You are not getting lost or out of touch when you withdraw, you are allowing yourself to return newly refreshed with more intention on what matters.
The real secret here is that the success we all strive for whether it is in our work or our transitions to something new, does not start with a list of to do's. It might feel good having that check list to go to. However, it seems that a week like this with a break in the middle allows us to remove ourselves from the list making and make ourselves available from another ground. We can look for that new ground and speak in a more clear and rested voice.
With your day or two off explore what is right in your life rather than what is wrong or missing. Even when things are going well, our nature is often to search for the "problem to solve." Ganesh, our lovely elephant-headed Hindu deva, is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and represents intellect and learning. Find your Ganesh this week, dispel those problems and focus on appreciating your gift of learning.
My friend Jeremy Hunter with the Drucker Institute says, "we can miss opportunities to appreciate what's beautiful, nourishing and even magical even when it's staring us in the face. All it takes is a slight shift in perception to notice what's around you and be fed by it."
So, in the spirit of withdrawal and being courageous to let go of busy, appreciate Ganesh too, I wish you all a week of rest and reflection.
Published by: Sherry Benjamins in Uncategorized