Maybe I need a different perspective. We fall into habits, into routine; we have rat-runs. We run in circles, always the same way. Sometimes, perhaps, we need to reverse the route. It dawned on me, as I took the SP for his morning walk, that I have never walked up The Chimney, the steep path to the hill-fort (place of strength?). I have slid down it, many times, but I have never clambered up. So…It was beautiful. Filled with flowers. Not so hard really at all. Easy, even. Everything looks different when you go the other way, when you reverse the polarity. But you still have to be careful. Once you reach the top the path is indeed easy and even, deceptively so. A straight track through the woods. Yet roots stretch and, if you don’t keep your eyes on your feet, they will trip you up.
I used to write about this a lot. Used to advise people to shift their routines, to try different things, to make shifts, even tiny ones… Does everything always have to be the same? No. If you do the same workout, the same job, the same anything, you will hit a stagnation point. Every smart trainer, businessperson, whatever knows you have to shift things around, to throw the occasional spanner in the works. Do I follow my own advice? Shit no. Things need to change.
I came down from the fort and reached the vantage point where you can look right out over the valley, past the river and see this small town stretched out in front of you. I had to refocus my eyes to pick out our house, way over on the other side, up on the hill – a long way away as the path winds. Ah, but...I had this sudden flash that I could fly there in an instant. Oh, how I wish I could. Now that would be a change indeed. Instead I walked back slowly through town, people waving, cars tooting. Just like always.
But, funny thing, seems my neighbour, the vicar, has been thinking the same sort of thing. ‘If you’re a slave to routine, you become anxious when you have to change,’ he said. True. ‘But God doesn’t like repeating things,’ he went on. ‘Since we’re made in God’s image, maybe we should think about how we can find fresh ways of doing things.’ Right on, John.And, when I came back I found the postman had delivered (out of the blue) three CDs by Art Giser who does something called Energetic NLP – check out his site here. ‘Are you running your own life?' he said (accusingly, or so I heard it). Ummm. 'Clear programming and energy to identify your own authentic goals’…’avoid negative energy’…’excuses obliterator’ (ho ho)….’increase your prosperity’…
Hmm, which to try first? Then an email pinged in from my accountant which answered that question pretty quickly. I'll let you know how I get on.
|better hope he leaves the boulder behind, eh?|
Maybe today try doing just one thing differently… it could kick off an entire chain reaction. One of these days, even Sisyphus might think, ‘sod it’, let go of his boulder and book a cruise.
Music? Alela Diane today...