Do Instead of Think
I’m sitting in my sun room staring at a blank screen trying to drum up some profound words. But I keep getting distracted. I find my mind wandering. Thinking just feels like hard work today.
I stare out the window watching my neighbor manicure her flower beds and I envy her.
Today I need to just do instead of think.
Ever have one of those days?
Don’t worry. This isn’t a plea of desperation, near burn-out or extreme fatigue. This is just one of those days where I’m a little too tired to think. Doing something productive but simple (like pulling weeds) sounds immensely gratifying.
As leaders, our pace of life can be structured in such a way that we’re constantly doing activities that require deep thinking. And while most of the time that is good and responsible stewardship, sometimes you also need to realize the times where you just need a simple activity to do. Not to think. To simply do. Something that is mindless yet gives your mind space.
Some yard work.
A long run or walk.
The irony is that sometimes in the simple mindless doing is when I have my most profound thoughts.
Some of my best ideas come when I’m not trying to think at all.
Can you relate?