All Work And No Play Made Me Dull
This is my first blog post in months. I literally unplugged myself for a brief hiatus. My blog is a platform for sharing the work I love to do and the people I’m honored to do it with. In June while re-reading the posts that were queued up – they appeared written by someone tired, disenchanted and all slanted toward ranting. So, I took a break.
Hitting The Pause Button
My family adopted Joe in May. An energetic 2 year old Boxer means walks – morning and night. The first walk was at 5AM and we trekked just under a mile. It felt good, but at the end I was dragging. What happened? At 44 I realized I had not seriously exercised in 3 years – I’d pressed the wrong pause button.
For 3 years I focused on my education and developing what my boss refers to as “intellectual capital” and in doing so I made the error of ignoring my “physical capital”.
So, I embarked on a new journey that began with a full physical (ugh) and comprehensive blood panels. 3 years of low activity does not do a body (or mind) good. I literally had stepped off the treadmill of living and onto the treadmill of working.
The Kids Are Alright
During a dinner in June my wife mentioned to friends that our last vacation was to Florida in November. Ouch. That was the moment I put the laptop down (kept my journal).
Six days in California – Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. There was nothing better than having the most important task be plotting with our 2 daughters (9 & 11) what rides or adventures we were going to experience the next day. One did her school shopping at Juicy Couture on Rodeo Drive and the other at Nike and Under Armour and Mom and Dad enjoyed some of the finest meals ever.
Break Routine Before It Breaks You
One of my past exercise physiology professors always proclaimed: remember, the human body is inherently lazy and we must alter patterns and routine to make progress.
Too often we succumb to what is consistent, routine and easy. It’s what we know, it’s predictable – it may not always be what is best, but we like these ruts. The definition of insanity? Achieving the holy grail of work-life balance may require us to create some unbalance in work or life.
The Unpredictable Horizon
For three years I worked myself into a frenzy trying to create the predictable horizon. We can have more fun and see more opportunities when we appreciate the unpredictable and have an appetite for risk and change.
Joe and I now walk 2 miles and we are now running the last quarter mile – he is fast and will not let me get to our yard first (yet). I’m also in week 4 of serious workouts – talk about a tough climb back – sure miss that recovery ability I had a decade ago.
My recommendation is to make time to unplug, reengage with what matters most, breakout and appreciate the unpredictable – it is where we grow.
I’m back. Miss me? Thanks for reading.