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A Much Needed Break

a much needed break

You are probably mildly surprised by the topic and the name of the author with the section that was dedicated to Swati. Well, a much-needed break was necessary.

I wanted to use this space to let the readers know that Swati is taking a short break from all the craziness. A lot of the readers dropped in to see the Sunday post by her. However, not finding that might have left some of you all a little surprised.

We know that she loved writing and express as many things as one can through her words. In most cases, they were inspiring, real, personal, and reached our hearts. Sometimes, in life, it is necessary to take a break. Moreover, we tend to work like machines from our jobs to chores at home and many such things that follow a similar pattern.

In all the chaos, we tend to overlook something as simple as just taking the break. You know how the Buddhist saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Of course, I am not saying that Swati was running on low fuel, to be honest, it was the opposite.

Considering that in today’s world we are attached to digital life, social media, and taking a break from all this seems impossible. To be fair, it is difficult. Let’s look at it this way, what if a short interval can really recharge our brain.

Not to mention, various studies have concluded that taking regular breaks even during the day can improve our focus substantially.

However, here we are not talking about taking the days from our work schedule.

Take a break to re-adjust our focus on goals.

re-adjust focus during the break

Our brain constantly records everyday activities and registers a pattern. After a few weeks of performing a certain activity, it puts everything on auto-pilot. Just like driving a car for the first time, we are constantly focusing on the speed, the gear we are on, and things like that. A few months down the line, we don’t know that we are performing the same functions without consciously thinking about them.

That’s pretty how much things work in real life too, we get on an auto-pilot. At the same time, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with that, but then there is a chance that we might eventually lose focus and burn out. I always appreciate the courage in people, when they take a break from everything. It’s true that the duration can vary for different individuals.

A little interlude in life can be a tough decision to make. In addition, in the digital world, it is going to be a lot tougher than we can imagine. So, I always tend to appreciate people who have the courage to do so.

So, How does taking break really help?

Taking a break really helps in creating a mindful space

Now this is going to widely depend upon what you intent to achieve.

  • Have you been feeling the need to take a break?
  • Have you been feeling really exhausted with what’s going on?
  • Are you tired of the way your life is going?
  • Do you think you have lost direction or purpose?

These are some of the examples of questions that we can ask ourselves. This will help us identify whether there is a need. Although I don’t exactly know the reason why Swati decided to take a break. But I know for sure that we will get to know about the amazing things that she’d discover during this phase.

I remember taking a break somewhat similar to this a few years ago. Some of the things that I did, really helped me to get where I am today. Hopefully, ya’ll we see why it can be helpful.

1. Introspect

I know, I know – It sounds like a cliche and it is.

On the other hand, I want you to look at this beyond the word for what it is. One of the toughest things to do is to look inside. I’ll tell you what, in fact, here’s a quote by “Bulle Shah” that’s a perfect fit.

Parh parh ilm hazaar kitaaban kadi apne aap nu parhya nahin Jaa jaa wardey mandar maseeti kadi mann apne wich wareya nahin Anven larda shaitaan de naal bandeya kadi nafs apne naal larya nahin Aakhe peer Bulleh Shah aasmani pharna aen jehra man wich wasda unhon pharya nahin

You read to become all knowledgeable But you never read yourself You read so many books to know it all, yet fail to ever read your heart at all. You run to enter temples and mosques But you never entered your own heart You rush to holy shrines to play a part, Would you dare enter the shrine of your heart

The first step is to confront ourselves of our short-comings. Unless we identify them it is going to be difficult to find a solution to whatever that needs fixing. I am not talking about the negative self-talk, what I mean is to currently evaluate life’s circumstances and be brutally honest with yourself.

Once the first step is out of the way, then we can keep all the good things and focus on the things that need improvement. What needs improvement is variable, you and I are different people and what we need from this life is completely different too. With this in mind, use this phase to productively chart out the plan of action to do things better than we ever did.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with how we did things in the past, we were destined to go through certain aspects of our life in a certain way. That’s Karma. What we also need to rethink the fact that we are also blessed with Free Will. This was a key realization during that phase for me, I eliminated the idea of what everyone wanted from me and why I had to do things their way.

It was a spiritual revolution going inside me, and I was already feeling better.

2. Try Different Things

This is something that always comes up, in any conversations about careers or jobs that we are going to love. In reality, we all struggle to find what we are passionate about, what is it that we see ourselves doing, and enjoy as well.

The reason why we struggle is that we simply haven’t tried and experimented with anything. Sure, we may have some interest in this and that but never really with a drilled down determination.

Let’s say if you wanted to become a guitarist and you look at David Gilmore or Robbie Kreiger and imagine that, Oh man, I could never play like them without learning to play. I think that is very obscure.

To emphasize, don’t be so harsh with yourself, take this time to learn and try different things. Unless you have experienced a lot of things, it may not be possible to find what you are passionate about.

So, try different things…

3. Take Action

This is crucial to this phase of taking a break. Can you imagine, taking a break and getting nothing out of it?

I mean, sure, if the goal was to do nothing and simply take a break to rejuvenate, I understand that. However, most of us don’t do that with the intention of not doing anything.

People in different age groups have different circumstances, responsibilities, and obstacles. What we need in most cases are a clear direction in our thought process and some well-defined plans. of course, all of that won’t be of much success unless we take action.

We tend to be too harsh on ourselves by measuring a few days of work and thinking that it’s not happening. Take a simple entry-level job, one doesn’t become a manager or a CEO in a few months. It takes years of constant work and grinds that eventually gets you closer to that goal.

I know that it is a long game, but setting small and short term goals to get to that big one is important. It is crucially important to take steps that are necessary to achieve these goals.

Let’s summarize…

let’s not forget to take time to be grateful and thankful for all the wonderful things that life has given us. While we focus on what we want to achieve in life, let us not be blinded to what we already have.

I also agree that we, at any time, can take charge of our lives and decide to change it for the good. Recently, I published an article on some of the habits that I personally incorporated in my life since the beginning of lockdown. As a result, I have seen a tremendous shift in my mindset.

I hope that all of you like the post here on behalf of Swati, this place is always reserved for her and I can’t wait for her to come back here and see the smiling comments from the readers.

Have a great Sunday and Be awesome! See you another time…

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