If only we could pull out our brains and use only our eyes.
– Pablo Picasso
Sometimes when I get up in the morning and I’m ready for work I understand that something is not right. I understand within minutes, as I’m drinking my first cup of tea, as I’m eating my breakfast.
I can feel it. I’m having a bad hair day and it’s not about the hair.
Once in a while we’re all experiencing days when everything seems to go wrong, when we do, there are three things we should consider. They are all based on my experiences.
I do what Ralph Waldo Emerson said; “adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Surrounded by nature
The first thing I do when I understand what’s happening is to go outside. I walk, run or use my bike. Being outside is perfect when it comes to a bad hair day. I prefer to be alone, and I prefer to be some surrounded by nature.
When I’m in the woods, by the sea, or whereever I am as long as I’m outside and alone, my thoughts are like the wind, they never stop, they’re never at one place, they keep moving further and further away.
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain
Watch and listen
When I’m outside, I listen to all the different sounds from nature. I get inspiration just by being quite and listen. There are so many different sounds, and we never hear them, unless we’re ready.
It’s amazing to listen to birds, they sing constantly and there are so many of them. I listen to the wind, and I listen to the impact it has on the trees.
I watch insects; ants working, bees flying and mosquitoes crawling my skin.
When I listen to the birds, I remember the quote by Lou Holtz. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
We can learn a lot from birds.
Focus on just being where you are
I try to focus on just being outside, watching, listening and feeling alive. I try not to think about work or everything else that’s happening, and I try not to think about that I’m actually having a bad hair day.
When I’m outside, in the woods, at sea, or whereever, watching and listening, my mind is far away from everything related to anything except for being where I am.
I’m not even thinking about who I am.
When I focus on the moment, not thinking about anything else, I forget and I remember.
I forget what the bad hair day was all about, and I remember life and how to enjoy it.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis