Monday, February 27, 2012
The Magic of Taking a Break
Please do not think I am being stuck on the same idea by posting about 'taking a break' right after suggesting 'taking a step back'. I am sure there are similarities but taking a step back may keep the project or problem in view. Getting a different perspective is one of the reasons to 'take a step back'. However, at times you need to take a small but complete break from your efforts. I recently read advice from someone else who suggest things like brushing your teeth to get your mind off things. That seemed bizarre to me at first but made me realize the magic in taking a break. I tend to really get into what I am trying to solve or create. At times I come up against a wall of frustration. I don't know what the next good step should be. Then I tend to feel depressed. If I had taken a break a bit sooner I might have been able to prevent the poisoning of my project with that sense of depression. I guess that the saying "quit while you are ahead" has some validity. You can 'un-quit' when you need to, but maintaining the sense of excitement that helps the project along is important. I suggest to all wise magicians that you take a break from time to time to recharge your batteries. If the project is a valid expression of who you are, you will come back to it when the time is right. Remember the basic axiom, magic is well formed. We may agonize as we work to create our magic but it is also acceptable for the working of magic to be smooth and flowing. Our minds love to create and will give us the ideas we need more easily when we get in the 'magic zone' rather than tying ourselves up in knots. I suggest that we take a break before the knots get too bad. I also suggest that when the knots are there that connecting to friends, or even acquaintances, and going over what we are grateful for are two ways we can 'take a break' from stress, if we didn't take the break while we were on a roll. So here is to the enjoyment and peacefulness that magic can bring. May the spark be with you.