"You can not give to others what you have not already been given." — Jonas Cain
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One of the things I missed most about pre-pandemic life is going to the movies. I used to go at least once a month by myself just to take a mental and physical break from the everyday activities of life and work.
This is so important, because we can often get so wrapped up in our responsibilities that we can sometimes forget to take a step back to, relax, and reflect on what we're doing and why we're doing it.
Plus, getting out of our everyday routine to experience something new can be a great way to find inspiration. Rest assured, even when we're not focusing directly on our work or personal life responsibilities, the brain is still working behind the scenes generating new connections and ideas, and the experience of new stimuli can perhaps be just the thing needed to discover new and novel solutions to what we've been working on.
For example, on multiple occasions while sitting in a movie theatre I became so inspired by the movie plot that I couldn't wait to get back home or to the office to apply the new ideas it had generated in my mind. Such is the power of taking a step back to seek inspiration even in the most unlikely of places!
So go ahead, give yourself permission to take a nap, go for a run, work on a puzzle, watch a show on Netflix, tend to your garden, or truly anything else. For workaholics, it may seem like a waste of time, but for you and me, we know that it can be just what we need to be more productive and effective in our work in the long run.
What inspires you? How can you engage in these things more often to cultivate ongoing inspiration?
Jonas Cain, M.Ed. is a storyteller, magician, musician, and facilitator of fascination on a mission to help you experience abiding joy.