Enjoy the downtime
Week twenty six in'wake up'
This week’s challenge was to use our downtime to connect with the world around us, to stop, take in a deep breath, to put a smile on our face and to connect with what’s going on around us.
Once again a smile appeared on my face because I knew this was another tool in the ‘wake up’ bag that I should be doing on a daily basis but don’t find time to do so because my downtime management is poor. There you go I’ve held my hand up. I know this is true.
Throughout the ‘wake up’ journey there have been many times I’ve thought, “Yes, I knew that.” And yet I don’t do it. For me this is like knowing I should take some asthma preventive inhaler before going to bed and telling myself, “It’ll be alright. “ Then waking up the next day with a tight chest and wondering why I didn’t take the drug. Yes folks I am a stupid man and I need to learn quicker and be more on the ball. I know what’s good for me and yet some devil inside plays mind games with me.
INSIDE MY HEAD
MARK: I must do…
DEVIL INSIDE: Eh, look at that Mark, look at this too.
MARK: I should go for a pleasant walk in amongst some greenery…
DEVIL INSIDE: Mark, you’re tired let some time slip by. Sit down you deserve it. Have a rest, listen to some music.
MARK: I know I love listening to music but I feel I should go for a nice walk and ‘feel’ what’s around me, get some connection…
DEVIL INSIDE: Mark, you’re starting to sound like a hippy. You’ve worked hard, put some Weller on. You know you love listening to Weller, he takes you to places.
MARK: I suppose I can go for a walk later or something. Maybe I can look out of the window later and find some connection then.
DEVIL INSIDE: (a crafty smile appears on his face, grinning teeth and the muffled sound of sly laughter in a whisper) What CD shall we put on? Shall we make a cup of tea? That would be nice wouldn’t it?
I knew this all to be true. I also knew this week this nasty habit of mine would stop because ‘wake up’ was bringing it into focus as an experiment – well done ‘wake up’ I was starting to dose off there for a minute.
So what where my conclusions after four days, you may ask? We need to enjoy our downtime and find time to connect with what’s around us because you do feel energised and more connected to other people and the planet. When you stop and wait in the still, and watch what is around you and open up to it you are more connected and you are leading a fuller life. This is something I need to do and must find the time to do it. I need to work on this big time, because deep inside there’s a good (great) person trying to get out and lead the fullest life he can and from that others will benefit too.
MARK: Eh Devil where are you? I’ve got something to tell you.
CUT TO TREES BLOWING IN THE WIND. CUT TO SAND BLOWING ITS WAY ACROSS AN OPEN DESERT. CUT TO THE STILLNESS OF THE OCEAN. CUT TO THE BREAKING OF DAWN IN AN EMPTY CITY. CUT TO THE STILLNESS OF AN ENGLISH VILLAGE AS DUSK FALLS. CUT TO THE PEAK OF A BRITISH MOUNTAIN AS THE SUN SETS. CUT TO A PAGE FROM A DIRTY NEWSPAPER SLOWLY BLOWING ALONG AN EMPTY STREET.
MARK: Devil, where are you?
CUT TO BLACK AND THE SOUND OF THE BREEZE AT THE START OF A STORM.