Many of us strive for simplicity in our lives, but can you reach a point of too much simplicity?
I believe in the balance between push and pause. In my post, Why Space and Tranquility Matter, I not only talk about the benefits of intentional down-time spent outdoors, but I list some of my personal favorite ways to refill. However, if we want to successfully tend our dreams, we need to watch that our pause doesn’t become permanent.
Sometimes, we need a prompt to put us back into forward motion again. For me, music often fits that bill. I don’t claim to understand what it is in music that feeds the soul, mind, and body, but it works. And when I need instant energy, Move by Mercy Me, is a great go-to. The melody is invigorating and the lyrics inspiring.
The secret method I’ve found to creating the perfect amount of simple, balancing between pause and push, comes through a series of questions I often ask myself. I TendTalk through serious self-talk.
- What are the facts (verifiable by proof and evidence) about your current situation?
- What are your feelings about where you’re at in life right now? How are they affecting your decisions and actions?
- Are you allowing feelings to hold you back or destroy your dreams?
- Are you making excuses or looking for justifications so you can opt out?
- Do you need to give yourself permission to pause, or are you drowning in procrastination?
- Are your current patterns getting you the results you want? If you continue to do what you’re doing now, where will you be in 3, 5, 10, or 20 years?
- Are you listening to music that feeds your soul or starves it?
Overworking is unhealthy, but so is underachieving. We need purpose and passion to feel alive. I love what Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Sometimes, that means pausing to take a breath and refill–other times, it means pushing to act when you’d rather not. The perfect amount of simple comes from wisely choosing between the two. Where are you?
What is your favorite motivational song? Do you agree that the right music can provide instant energy, while the wrong song can steal it away?