It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…let’s go exploring!
–Calvin to Hobbes
I’ve used this quote already… twice. And I’ll no doubt use it again, because that’s one of the main things this site is about…how to regain that sense of wonder and excitement, the feeling that a whole new world is open to us.
As I mentioned in my last post, in 2007 I spent a lot of time in the flow state, where I’m completely immersed in a project, forgetting about time and everything else. Usually when I emerge from that state the world looks fresh and exciting again.
I still want to learn more about HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, and that’s on my Possibility List. But I put a number of things on hold while I was getting my blogs started, and it’s about time I started doing them. The crucial question is “How do I get them done and enjoy the process?”
The first thing on my list was easy: I wanted to get more exercise than the basic amount I get every day (a few minutes on the weight machines at the local Y every other day, plus 30 minutes every day on my Nordic Track treadmill or my jogging trampoline). My exercise time at home is fun, because I play Sudoku or watch DVDs/video tapes while I’m doing it. So I joined Netflix and bought some DVDs of my own and took an exercise break during the holidays.
The next thing is to unclutter my apartment. I’m getting started on that by breaking the job down into small steps and putting them on my Possibility List. I can now look at the list every day and pick whatever appeals to me. I know from experience that once I start recycling and tossing things out, I will eventually build up some momentum and get in the flow there, too.
My real challenge is to learn to shift gears more smoothly. My favorite nightmare when I was working was I was going on a trip and I had to rush home and pack and get to the airport on time. But I couldn’t pull myself away from work until the last moment. It’s the downside of being involved and loving what you do. So I’m starting 2008 by exploring…by experimenting how to make my transitions smoother. I’ll let you know how it goes.
What about you? When do you feel the magic, the joy of being alive? Please share your thoughts and experience in the comments section.