The Starry Night
Sometimes it’s good to go outside and just look up.
Living in the city, it’s easy to get lost. You put your nose to the grindstone and it just stays there.
I have to get more done.
I need to meet deadlines.
I have to write more.
These reports won’t finish themselves.
I’ve got to hustle to make ends meat.
In similar fashion to the mythical hydra, one item gets checked on our list and it’s instantly replaced by two more. Without ever straightening our backs and looking up from the proverbial grind, we build up stress. We feel as though we can never accomplish enough. It never ends.
What has helped me is to step aside. Or more accurately, step outside. The night sky (or early morning sky, if you’ve tried to emulate my morning routine) has a way of clearing my mind. I can forget, at least for a while, the infinite to-do list and relax. I gain an appreciation for the bigger picture and feel a sense of my place in this universe.
What do you do to detach from work and get clear?