What I Want To Get Out Of Holidays

Holidays or vacations are great things. If used properly they can help you recharge and recoup. This, of course, is based on the assumption that you’ve been working hard and need the time out.

Both our physical and mental energies need restoration often. Balance is a myth. Healthy tensions in normal (whatever that is), everyday life are necessary for us to always do and enjoy life at its best.

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Things You Might Be Overlooking As You Chase Your Dream

I might be so bad with blind spots that my blind spots have their own blind spots. Whether we admit it, we all have blind spots. Some are character flaws. Others are a product of our circumstance and focus.

Focus intentionally and unintentionally creates blind spots. As we chase dreams and the mission, we have to choose what becomes important. We choose to be blind to some things.

Then there are things that we can lose sight of because of the chase. Though we find meaning and fulfillment in our chase, we’re at our most vulnerable. A lot of things will fade away…

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There’s A Wrong Way Of Being Right

I’ve said it before, the truth is a beautiful thing. Nothing taints truth like delivery it with malice and egotistical motives. In both life and leadership we tend to place a high value on it, if it is on our side. I don’t know anyone who loves being ‘wrong’.

Because of this, we all have the capacity to go to great lengths to justify our ‘wrong’, when it is clear we are. It just sucks to be the one who made the wrong call, causing a launch, product or project fail. Even in the most gracious, trust filled and kind environments it takes a lot of strength and courage to admit our part in the failure of an enterprise.

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A Different Kind Of Lovely Weather

Don’t curse the change in weather…

After what seems to be endless blue sky days, this! Somehow I’m loving the weather this morning. It could just be because it’s cooler. Some rain would be very welcome too…

Change is not always bad. Different weather (conditions), for instance, produces different things. I tend to have more energy and feel more like writing on days like this.

Not that I don’t feel like writing on other days, it is just that some environments inspire something others don’t.

Don’t curse the change in weather.

How I Recharge On The Weekend

Just saw this question posed on Twitter and I thought, “that’s not something that I’ve explicitly blogged about!”. An interesting note: earlier today someone was talking about how “introverts reacharge this way and extrovert the other…”. I tried to box myself as either but I think I’m almost an even mix of both.

While I love people, sometimes I get recharged by being with them and almost in the same proportion, solitude and silence recharges me.

How I Recharge On The Weekend

Before I take off on a tangent let me reign myself…

I recharge a number of ways on the weekend:

Writing

Writing is one of the ways I recharge. Because it is something that demands that I, in a sense, collect myself, it helps me get a pulse of my internal world. Like I’ve said before, sometimes I don’t know what I’m thinking until I write.

Besides writing for my blogs (here, this one and this one), I try to journal. I don’t do so as much as I’d like but now and then as I reflect, I journal.

Home

Being at home with Ingrid and just chilling, does me some good. Making breakfast (bacon = yum!) and just ‘being’, no pressure or rush to being anywhere or doing…

Exercise

This is not something I normally do on a weekend. But I what do when it comes to exercise is that I don’t usually do it on the weekend. It could be that when I do exercise it is mostly during the week. Perhaps part of me also sees it as work. I don’t know…

Sport

Whenever I can I watch sport. Rugby and cricket are my thang… I used to play squash almost every Saturday morning, but since moving to Cape Town I haven’t found a squash home, which is something I need to get to.

Reading

I love words. Not just creating with them but consuming. I do a lot of reading on Medium. I read blogs and books. Reading just fills me up. Particularly the kind of reading that is not imposed on me, as in assignments or research.

Music

I don’t just listen to music. I devour it. I drink deeply of it. I listen for everything in every piece. It just fills me up. I love all music (except for country and anything with screaming or growling). I listen to different genres and allow myself to just enjoy it.

Out

Ingrid and me are all for great outings. Excursions, hitting museums, touring small towns and delving into their history, markets, live performances, great food and  places…

I love trips that aren’t too far yet close enough to feel as if we’ve travelled far.

Community

Connecting with friends at great restaurants or braai (Southern African word for barbecue) handing in the park, at the beach or harbour… Company can make such a huge difference…

Thus

I guess it take varied things for me to recharge. It mostly depends on what has happened in the week. For instance, if I’ve been around people the greater part of the week, I tend to want solitude and silence. I just want to be at home and not be bothered. If most of my activity has been in isolation, I normally want to be around people.

Some things, like being with Ingrid, music and writing are very standard. That is great any weekend.

What do you do to recharge on a weekend?

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