The other day I turned on the kitchen tap to fill a container. I walked away and when I came back in was overflowing. I suddenly saw a correlation in my life and it led me on a path of learning.
Lately I've been sitting down at my desk off and on throughout the day and browsing through news websites. Most have similar information but I can usually find a little interesting piece on each one of them. As a story would unfold I found myself getting caught up in wondering how it would end or eventually play out. And so the pattern began. After a few weeks I realized that I was ingesting a daily dose of non-stop news. What began as 'turning on the tap' to get a little updated had morphed into the overflow of facts and details that went way beyond what I needed or could even absorb.
It came to an end when I saw that water filling the sink. Of course, I was not only overflowing my brain with data but I was overwhelming myself with too much opinions/perspectives/essays. Of course there will be different takes on news events so I might from time to time want to compare. The bottom line is that the habit of visiting multiple sites looking for the unique item put me squarely in front of much more than I wanted.
So I made a decision to turn off the tap. I stopped filling my mind ... and my time ... with a continuous feed of repetitive material. What do I do instead? I have resumed and am fully embracing my twice daily mediation practice. And I'm getting a lot more things done in my home and office. Do you have a tap running in your life? What might you 'turn off' to create more space for what you really want?
Ms. Daryl Wood is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a Certified TED* Practitioner and graduate of The Co-Active Leadership Program. After facilitating life-changing Women's Retreats for 17 years she is dedicated to sharing the The Empowerment Dynamic (TED*) material in organizations and with individuals eager to transform their relationship with themselves, others and situations.