Have you ever wanted to hit the refresh button on your life? You notice that I said refresh and not restart. I asked my good friend, Joey, if he thought there was a difference, and without hesitation he said:
“Yes, there’s a huge difference. Restart is erasing what you have and starting over again. Refresh is enhancing what you already have.”
I like that explanation, so that is why I’m choosing the refresh button at this point of my life.
I have this great opportunity to go to Wallingford, England for one month. It is unexpected, and most welcomed. I need a time out to walk away from all the piles that are sitting on my desk. You know what I’m talking about – those piles you may find on your kitchen countertop, your bedroom dresser, or wherever you have found room for them. It’s all those unread magazines you’re hanging onto, the recipes you promise yourself you’re going to try someday, and so many other unfinished projects. We all have them.
Every day I try to chip away at that pile, but I swear that it seems to grow. I can’t get control over it. So now, I’m going to walk away from them for one month and clear the clutter that’s in my mind. I want to open up some space to see what creative ideas and thoughts will pop into my head.
You may not have an opportunity to take a 30 day “time-out”, so try a 30 minute “time-out”. Free up some space in your mind today and see what creative juices start flowing.
One technique that works for me is to actually write my “time out” on my calendar. Maybe it’s taking that new class at the gym, or sharing an ice-cream sundae with someone special. Try it – mark it on your calendar and stick to it. Treat it like any other appointment. Who knows – you just may learn something new about yourself.