Getting away. Taking off for a few hours, a night or a weekend can be amazingly therapeutic. Forgetting the normal people who share our days and throwing ourselves into unpredictable scenarios keeps our minds fresh and sane. No matter how much you love or hate your job we all need a little time away to be our true selves. To look back down the road we came and know that we will be better when we return. Able to tackle the next weeks set of problems, meetings and daily grind with an open mind.
This weekend I took an afternoon trip out to the surrounding mountains of Hainan, China. It was exactly what I needed. Things were just busy enough at work and my mind was becoming clouded by little things that really didn’t deserve the attention I had a been giving them. I was able to clear my mind. Reset myself. I came back in contact with why I live where I do. Why I make the choices I do and the path I want to follow in the future. It is amazing how beneficial even a little bit of time away with ourselves can be.
If you are able to get away even for a little bit the following week will feel like less of a grind. It shouldn’t be a grind. Monday morning shouldn’t be a total shock to our systems, but a smooth transition back into normalcy. When things at work seem to be weighing harder than normal take a quick trip. Plan a weekend with friends or go it alone. Go somewhere. It doesn’t matter where. If things are stale at home then something different is better than nothing. If you put yourself out there then something is bound to happen. Well, if you are open to it. We could all use a new person in our lives, that chance encounter. When you arrive you’ll always have a story to tell even if there is no one there to hear it.
We are all our own biggest fans. So why not entertain our own egos for a little bit and do something worth while. Something worth talking about. The word ‘I’ is one of the most frequently used words used in the world. So why not entertain yourself for a short while. On Monday morning you will know that your needs are in order and you will not have the same urge to complain. It is easy to fall into conversational fly traps on Monday morning. So why not do yourself a favour and be in a perfect place to start your week.
“Remember that the people you are talking to are a hundred times more interested in themselves and their wants and problems than they are in you and your problems.” – Dale Carnegie.
If you are satisfied then there is no time for complaints. No wasted water cooler chats. Only ask others of their problems for their benefit, not to satiate your own grievances in turn. When things start to get confusing or life starts getting away from you, take that quick trip. That little bit of time to think. Reconnecting with your roots. Whatever makes you tick. You’ll thank yourself Monday morning.