The responses to this question (last week’s emails) … “What’s the latest thing you did in order to feel calm and resilient?”
And it was kind of crazy …
… all seemed to have 3 things in common:
1. The method was tried and true, in your life.
These included long bicycle rides, hiking, and gardening, and photography, among others.
You’d done them before.
You knew they worked for you.
They’re like going back home.
2. Most people used separate external and internal methods.
For example hiking long distances is a pretty “external” method — moving your body.
But a daily gratitude meditation before sleep is pretty “internal.”)
You intuitively used both your body and your mind to have more choice in how you feel.
3. Almost all were were connected to what you could call personal power goals.
Explicitly or not, you wanted to accomplish something.
It wasn’t just to get a feeling. (A bottle of wine can give you a good feeling. Who cares?)
You wanted to create an effect in your life.
Calm and peace of mind weren’t completely ends in themselves. They were connected in your answers to making things better:
- for yourself
- your family
- your friends
- broader communities
Personal power goals are what really motivate us.
It’s like … in this pandemic suddenly and against our wishes we’ve been give a lot more time.
And a lot less to do with it.
And so we’re like: Well I can’t worry about this pandemic, etc., 24 hours a day. (Or I shouldn’t!)
- So I’m going to ride this many miles next time.
- So I’m going to lose 10 pounds.
- So I’m going to connect with an old friend.
- So I’m going to get this garden into shape.
- So I’m going to finish this project.
- So I’m going to learn about whatever.
- So I’m going to …
So here’s a challenge for you this week, if you want it.
What’s a new thing you might try?
Something totally new. A hobby or an interest you haven’t tried before. But you have the time now. And it’s not expensive.
And what personal power goal might it imply? What’s behind it?
New Thing to Try:
Action: I have access to loads of amazing fishing. I just never gave it much thought. So I’m going to learn to catch trout. I know zero about it.
I bought a cheap rod and reel. I’m watching YouTube videos of experts. And I’m heading to north Georgia rivers and streams over the next few weekends to figure it out.
Goal behind it? Simple enough. Backpack into the Smokies one weekend, catch a trout, fry it on a backpacking stove, and eat it. (Or release it, and eat nuts and raisins?)
Perfectly ordinary. But I wouldn’t say it’s easy, at least for me, as I currently know nothing about catching trout. And it really juices me.
Probably October, is when I’ll go. I have a lot to learn. It’s going to be great! Whether I come up empty in October or not.
What about you?
TAKE 10 MINUTES
TO THINK IT OVER
THEN HIT REPLY
… and tell me
Your New Thing to Try:
Action: I …
Personal power goal behind it? It’s the power to …
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