Looking Out My Back Window #359

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The foggy mornings are really cool here on the SerenGeschke. I have a gig later today. I have a vacation coming up. We’re doing a fairly major remodel on our house starting Tuesday. My business is expanding faster than ever before and I’m trying to get at least one new person added to the team asap to ease the burden there. The Fusion Project has an album coming out this year, and there’s a lot of work to be done there. I have three years of “Looking out My Back Window” book collections to get ready for publication. And sometimes my life feels like I’m in one of those “money machines” where they put you in a box and turn on the wind and you try to grab as many dollar bills as you can. Try as you might you’ll never get to them all. Except that the box I’m in never shuts off. I do realize I did this to myself. I tend to think I can do everything and be everywhere and give it all 110% effort. But, really – I’m coming to learn that it’s possible to shut the machine down, relax, pick the money up off the floor, then go about your life. It’s like the shutoff switch was in the machine with me, and I’ve been so focused on grabbing the bills I didn’t even notice I could just shut the machine off, grab the bills and walk out. What I’m talking about here has nothing to do with money, either – I’m just using that as an analogy. Having 36 hours of stuff to do in a 24 hour day isn’t really the greatest way to go through life, although it does seem to be the norm for many high achievers. Something has to give. So, yes – in the middle of all this – I leave next Saturday by myself to head up north and take three weeks “off”. I have “off” in quotation marks because I always have to do some work every day during any vacation, and I plan to get the “Looking Out My Back Window” books ready for publication, as well as work on a lot of musical things as well – which I never seem to be able to find time for here at home. But there will be no schedule. I will run every day. I will do yoga every day. I will meditate every day. I will find a way to declutter my life – to shut the “money machine” off. I will come back a different person than the day I leave. Physically and mentally, I’ll be in a better place. I might even get some sleep! This will be the third time in my life I’ve done this – taken three weeks off, alone. And, in the past – it has been absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Because sometimes, when the money machine is whirring and all you can think about is grab, grab, grab… you no longer see there’s an entire world out there to explore, and a switch you control to shut it down and walk out a wealthy person. Because all of us already have more than enough. You can have peace, and prosperity. It’s up to us to set our lives up to see that, though. Because we so often focus on what we lack… instead of how much we have. I love my life, but I basically do this to myself over and over… say yes to everything until I’m overwhelmed. For three weeks anyway, I’m shutting the switch off. And when I get back to it, I’ll be energized, renewed and have great ideas about decluttering my life I wouldn’t have seen without stepping back and looking at the whole picture. What a ride.

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