Back in my corporate days, I made my desk home. I had a few subtle photos of family and friends on the backboard of my cubicle, and a happy holiday memory as my computer desktop background.
The vast (and noisy) open plan office with sealed windows didn’t really suit my introverted work-style. The political game too forced me into avoidance mode. In fact, truth be told, I craved quiet time, fresh air and an environment of collaboration and, sat there, I was screaming inside. But then, one look at that holiday picture and I breathed a little calmer.
That ‘holiday feeling’ washed over me and I felt an escape.
What is that strange magic? Can you feel it too?
Revisit a holiday memory and you get that wash of calm and bliss and contentedness.
“This is the life”.
The beauty is that you can go there whenever you like. You may have heard this before – your mind knows no difference between what is real and what is imagined so you can fake that holiday in your mind to kick that feeling into action. BUT, what you know and what you do are two entirely different things.
Crikey, I’m trained in this** but still I get elbow-deep in the day-to-day and forget this super-power…. We can be on holiday at the flip of a mental switch.
Ironically, it took a break away from the routine to remind me of this. The science bods call this a ‘pattern interrupt’.
With two pre-school children our household runs on routine. It’s a team effort to get us all up, fed, dressed and out the door each morning… and that works great for running a tight ship but it does run the risk of hours blending into days then into weeks before you take a breath and just be. You know, like those moments on holiday when you have no plans, no agenda and can just enjoy a drink in the sunshine with your closest kin. Bliss.
So, here I am suggesting you create your own pattern interrupt, a mental mini-break. Find a space where you can clear your calendar and just be. (*Cocktails optional)
Does that feel uncomfortable? Think, if you can, of being in holiday mode. The time is carved out for respite and relaxation and to just enjoy the moment with no set plan.
The funny thing is, just like when on holiday you get that fresh perspective, by taking a mental mini-break you’re more likely to get the clarity and breakthroughs you’ve been over-looking. By slowing down you can speed up when you get back to it.
Good old Einstein had it nailed: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Or maybe Madge put it best: “If we took a holiday, took some time to celebrate – just one day out of life – it would be, it would be so nice.”
Give it a try!
Here’s to a sparkling week ahead, Emma x