Big things are happening today! We have waved goodbye to a lovely month of May, with all three days of sunshine, and it's time to welcome June.
I guess there isn't a
better way then start by celebrating International Day of Children. I have to
share some good news with you, we are all somebody's children, so go ahead,
give yourself a big hug, and treat yourself to a big ice cream. Or considering
the current weather, should I say a cup of hot chocolate?
Well, let's see how do we go about this inner child, that is somewhere deep inside, waiting to get out, and play, explore and enjoy. So many modern successful people forget to enjoy all the great stuff they have in their life, and get carried away with all of the achieving and accomplishing. The question is, is that the important stuff you will talk about, when you're old and grey? Is that what you will be sharing with your grandchildren one day?
It is good to work hard, as long as you can play hard. Give a little thought to what your hobbies are, where do you feel happiest, and what would you love to spend more time doing. You might be surprised how much fun and adventure is still hiding behind those responsibilities, bills and chores. Trust me, as soon as you develop a habit of taking a break and enjoying yourself on a regular basis, all the dull and boring bits will lift a bit, and you will feel a bit lighter straight away.
Not too long ago, I lost myself a little bit, started working virtually non-stop, and the inner child had to go sit in the corner, hoping I would sooner or later notice her. Luckily I did, and decided to set some firm rules I wouldn't bend anymore. It is a great feeling to be needed and helpful, but even the best of us have to take a step back to take a deep breath and relax, then, when we are happy, calm and collected, we can serve the world a lot better.
So how do you take a break? You don't need to get on the plane and leave the country to re-energize and de-stress. Just make sure you rest effectively. You can't have a family film night, while responding to work emails. You can't play a game of tennis while responding to phone calls. Just remember, 20 years ago we were free of mobile phones, and it sometimes took us hours to find out when someone tried connecting with us. With the digital overload, we feel we need to be accessible 24/7, no matter where or whom with.
If you divide your attention in too many ways, you end up not doing any of those things properly. It takes you longer, you make more mistakes and people around you feel neglected or even ignored. So decide what you're doing, give it a 100% and then move onto the next bit. And don't forget, the play time is as important as being responsible and grown up :)Happy Children's Day, let's all have a great evening, and see if we can learn something from the smallest ones :)