I had a choice to make this afternoon when I hit the dreaded 4:00-6:00 p.m. time frame and the "tireds" hit.
On work days, there is no choice. This is the time frame when I'm headed to the gym. I don't even think about it. I just go.
But today is Saturday, and I wasn't planning to make the 10 minute drive to the gym. Instead, I really wanted to take a nap. Naps are good. I like naps. Sometimes I take them, because I know my body needs them. Not today though. Today I was just fighting through the time frame. So, instead of letting my head hit the pillow, I laced up my shoes for a walk and listened to a podcast.
It was a great decision, because the podcast really hit home with me. It was an interview with Nick Tasler (author of the book Ricochet: What to Do When Change Happens to You) on the Accidental Creative with Todd Henry.
Tasler talked about the Kafka Effect. Basically what occurs is a change happens in our lives that might be traumatic and it causes something else to happen that is perhaps unexpected. For example, maybe our spouse leaves us (traumatic event), and then suddenly an answer to a problem we've been stuck on for months appears (unexpected).
However, a traumatic event doesn't necessarily have to occur in order for this to happen. Henry talked about being asked to speak at an event and the topic was whatever he was passionate about. "I'm passionate about everything," Henry related and so it was a conundrum for him. He went on a two-hour walk and it was as if suddenly everything became clear to him and he had a direction for his presentation.
The two discussed how taking something we usually do and tweaking it can suddenly spark something in our minds. Something as simple as driving a different route to work or the time of day we exercise is all we need to cause that spark.
I wholeheartedly agree. The walk I took today was not my normal route. Because I changed it up, it allowed me to be more aware of my environment, and my creative juices started to flow. When I got home, I realized I had a plan for what I want to accomplish this week and so I wrote it all down on my weekly chart.
Sometimes all we need to do is put one foot in front of the other and see where it leads us.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.