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Taking a week away

Posted Nov 30 2012 12:00am

I’ll be traveling for the next week, so I probably won’t be posting very much until weekend after next. I might not post at all, actually. I probably won’t have access to a personal internet connection it’s going to be all work, all the time and that will be good for my work, but not so great for my own personal life.

No biggie, though. I have a feeling the week is going to fly by. It will give me time to focus outside of my usual realm, change pace, change gears, and hopefully come back with a fresh perspective.

I can really use a fresh perspective. Things at work are intermittently weird and annoying and encouraging. The encouraging things don’t stay that way for long, because people get
“triggered” by one thing or another and start acting really strange. People are jockeying for position with the organizational changes taking place, and they seem to think that pushing others out of the way is the way to go.

However… I would say that their chances of survival will be much better if they make an effort to bring people in, to collaborate and cooperate and make room for others. You can’t argue with someone who’s on your side, who is helping you get where you’re going.

As the late Zig Ziglar said, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”

So, helping others and bringing them in, is a great way to ensure you’ve got a place in the world. And it’s also a lot more enjoyable than being in a constant state of conflict and contention with everyone around you. Some people love the fight, of course, but eventually the human system breaks down. It’s not something you can stop happening – it will happen, it’s just a matter of when.

I, for one, have opted out of that approach. I used to be so wrapped up in it, and I was not only constantly wired, but also running on fumes just exhausted and wiped out and nervous and anxious and making “the fight” the centerpiece of my life. Then I learned to relax, a few years ago, and I got back to just sitting and breathing… like I used to do before my fall in 2004. That sitting and breathing, along with knowing how to relax (and knowing what that feels like), has made an enormous difference; where I used to be wrapped up in staying stressed and staying “on” all the time, now I’ve actually experienced how helpful it is to be relaxed.

I’ve also realized just how hard it can be to stay relaxed in the course of my everyday life. It takes continual attention to how I’m doing, personally, to manage what’s there and keep ahead of it. I need to track things like distractions and fatigue level and anxiety… and keep work with them to bring them into a manageable range. Using my tools like active relaxation and breathing and being mindful… as well as stepping away when I need to, and getting enough exercise and the right kinds of food and rest… it’s all part of it.

And those are the tools I’m going to be using while I’m traveling. I’m going to be away from my usual routine, so I really need to keep steady with my tools, use them and make the most of them, so I can be productive and actually have a good time, while I’m traveling. I need to not get distracted by all sorts of things that may or may not matter just stay on track and keep focused on what I need to do, versus what I’d like to do in the passing moment. There will be plenty of opportunities for me to “wander off” and lose focus, so I need to keep steady to make sure that does not happen.

So, speaking of keeping focused, I need to get on with my day. I have a lot of preparing to do, before I take off tomorrow, and then I have a full week ahead of me next week. I’m really looking forward to this trip – it’s a big one, probably the biggest in a long time. And I want to do it all justice. I’ve been working with my list of to-do items, scheduling and timing things out and making sure I’m taking care of everything in a systematic manner. If I don’t organize myself, I’m sunk. So, I’ve been very, very organized and going about things in a systematic way. It’s paid off, in that my stress level has been surprisingly low and I’ve had my act together, like I haven’t had in a long time.

I’ve been a little concerned with missing some big thing at the last minute, then having to scramble, but I’ve worked through this in my head over and over, so I think I’m good. And if I need to scramble, I will. But I don’t think it’s going to be nearly as bad as it could be, so I’m feeling pretty good about things.

And with that, it’s time for me to sign off.

Have a good week. And enjoy.

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