Use the Interim to Energize
Do you have the same thing I do – difficulty in getting back into the swing of things after the holiday period? I am ashamed to realise that this is the last day of January, and I haven’t written a post since New Year.
I tell a lie – I don’t do shame! But it amazes me that it has taken this long to get writing to you again and I have had to push through blockages to get here.
It’s not that I haven’t done anything at all – I have just done ‘everything else’ but write my posts, and contact all my wonderful friends that have taken the trouble to join my list. (If you haven’t already – do put your name and email at the right ——-> to join. As you will realise, I won’t bombard you with a lot of extra emails.)
What have I been doing in the ‘Interim’?
I love that word ‘interim’ – a good sounding word that means exactly what I want it to: an intervening time, an interval. So, I have just been having an ‘interval’ like the lull in the middle of a grand performance. In the interval the actors prepare for the next Act. The audience refreshes themselves with food and drink, and many visit the bathroom – eliminating waste is important too. Perhaps this is what the Interim is all about.
During that intervening time for me, I actually achieved quite a lot. I did the relaxing and refreshing, and also eliminated a lot of clutter from my garage, my office and my mind. I prepared myself of the next Act of my life.
Here’s My Interim List (being a Virgo I love lists!):
- Caught up with family when they visited the Gold Coast – An energizing time in the rainforest and at the beach
- Re-focussed and wrote more of my Young Adults fantasy fiction adventure novel, and entering a competition with it – broke through some more blockages and gained the energy to do it.
- Compiled ‘A Kaleidoscope of Aussie Poetry’ Ebook for my Poetry in Paradise group. Creating a product is always energizing. Download it free Here
- Started Yoga Class – a new activity. More about that in my next post. A great body cleanse.
- Mulled over my next book about feeling young while growing older – can’t wait to start writing it. Watch this space – lots of amazing things I’ve learned about feeling young.
Not too bad an ‘Interim List’ perhaps. Certainly energizing to look at it and discover what I have been doing while avoiding what I thought I should be doing. (See my poem about Procrastination below.)
What is your ‘Interim List’? What have you been doing while you have been avoiding doing what you think you should be doing?
There’s not many things I hate, but I hate that horrible ‘should’ word. Why? Because ‘should’ implies that someone outside of ourselves is telling us to do it. It’s usually an authority figure, and often in the past – a parent, teacher, well-meaning friend, doctor, etc etc. If someone in the present is telling you what you should be doing, consider letting that person go out of your life.
How many de-energizing ‘shoulds’ do you have?
- I should do more exercise
- I should take more pills
- I should work harder / longer
- I should mow the lawn, mop the floors, visit my in-laws
The list is endless.
Just ask yourself, ‘Why Should I? Who says?’ You may find you can reclaim a whole lot of fun time, me time, leisure and pampering time, simply by just letting go of the shoulds.
Don’t forget the most important part that really recharges your energy cells – that is Let Go of the Guilt.
When you let go of any shame or guilt from not doing what you should be doing, you can really live in the Now. That is the very best energizer of all.
Reclaim your energy – enjoy the Interim, send those shoulds and guilts packing and live to enjoy the moment.
I am. And look what’s happened. I have written a new post.
I’m fighting still procrastination.
Or is it just prevarication.
To put things off, show hesitation
Leads to loss of motivation.
Even worse, to much frustration,
Production loss, deterioration.
Conversely there’s the implication,
Do it now brings great elation,
Makes things work, facilitation.
Others show appreciation.
Stand and gaze in admiration.
Here is one who leads the nation,
Simply by fast application,
Action now, true dedication.
c) Joan Small 2003
I would love to hear about your ‘Interim List’.
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