As I kid, I would LIVE for summer. Didn’t we all? Something I’ve really begun to appreciate as an adult is that I spent many childhood summers spending time unsupervised and unstructured at a special place called Pigeon Lake. We had a few routines…junior golf, bingo, parades, and the annual sandcastle competition. But there were very few camps, no tv, and no “too-ing and fro-ing.”
Many times I was bored with no one to play with…but as we know, that doesn’t last long…and pretty soon, I found myself exploring new parks, learning new things, and eating my weight in candy, chips, and pop.
As an adult, I protect my summers by design. My conversations with clients usually sound like this “So, what do you think our summer schedule should look like? What do you think of us pausing and resuming in September?”
Coaching, consulting, and training, when done properly, can be an intense experience of self-reflection, learning, and action. Real transformation takes focus, commitment, and discipline. But just like an athlete, we can’t be ALL head-down, working on growing and developing…we need a recovery phase.
And so this newsletter is your reminder and your permission to carve out some time to be bored. Unplug from your devices, your colleagues, and your network. Find quiet time to go for evening walks after dinner, sit and watch a sunset, and get lost in whatever creative activity your kids want you to be a part of.
Do your best to park any feelings of guilt around not doing, or not being productive.
Where’s your favourite place to be bored?
Drop me a line and let me know!
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