Whoever coined that term, “Go slow to go fast” may have been talking about how to achieve business success but they could as easily have been consulting on our quest for personal fulfillment. Similarly, Abraham Lincoln famously said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Preparation. Seems simple enough. But how often we rush into action, rather than taking time to prepare. Imagine a pilot taking off without checking his landing gear; the flight might go well for hours… until it was time to land!
This explains the value of that modern phenomena, “the retreat,” a time taken away from one’s normal routine where a few days of uncluttered spaciousness can bring perspective and provide preparation for re-entering the daily grind ready to experience it all in a fresh new way.
Any of us who’ve gifted ourselves with some kind of retreat will confirm that what’s done is not as important as what’s not done, namely, the usual. The usual is what we find ourselves committed to, day-by-day: The job, the kids, the lawn, the debt, etc.
Take all that away, replace it with space for daydreaming, and real magic can erupt. Obviously, it’s relaxing, but it’s also inspirational. And who doesn’t need a few genuine inventions in their life, to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary?
Turns out that it’s not as important to find extraordinary things to experience as to experience the ordinary in new ways. It’s all about how we see things, and a good retreat can help clean our lens of perception.
NOTE: The Synchronicity Foundation, sponsor of the Wake Up and Be Happy campaign, is offering a retreat exploring the theme of authentic happiness, March 16-21 at their idyllic retreat center in Virginia. To learn more visit: http://synchronicity.org/retreats-events/item/the-wake-up-and-be-happy-retreat