Thursday, August 29, 2013

SLOW DOWN CHALLENGE | DAY 4: LET GO

Interruptions are pesky nuisances. I hold my schedule close with an overprotectiveness rivaling a mama bear. Anything that threatens to disturb the flow of my time causes me to roar with ferocity. 

Let's take the month of August. On August 1st I let everyone close to me know that I had three articles to write, a portrait session, and a wedding I'm second shooting so please leave me the F alone. 

I wrote, planned, and organized my daily schedule to the millisecond. I think I was cruising along for a few days until I heard the screech of brakes and smelled burnt rubber. 

My oldest daughter was paying us an impromptu visit for four days and although it was a welcome interruption, I knew it was going to be difficult to get my groove back. She was going through a break up and Mom was needed. 

That wasn't the only interruption this month but I won't bore you with the details. 

Jeff Goins says interruptions need to be welcomed into our lives because: 
  • They teach us to let go of control.
  • They remind us life is not just about "me."
  • They help us become more patient.
If that's true then I'm still a selfish, impatient, control freak. 

In the past year since I've learned the discipline of meditation I noticed I hold my breath for long periods of time when I'm stressed. I should be brain dead for the lack of oxygen I cause myself. 

Today's challenge was to let go  and allow interruptions to help us grow. 

I think I've mentioned that I use my lunch breaks to work out. Today was no exception but the difference was I finally listened to Rylee when she interrupted my dumbbell plank rows to draw with her. Fine with me since I think I strained my obliques. 

Had I not stopped my madness I wouldn't have known how quickly she solved the math addition problems I wrote out on her sketchbook. It took her less than 10 minutes which earned her four gold stars. When asked how she figured them out so quickly she grinned, "I used my brain, mind, and fingers!" 

I rose up to today's challenge but it's up to me to make welcoming interruptions a daily habit.