I moved yesterday. This was move #8 in 15 months.
It has almost become a ritual; packing up my things, cleaning the apartment, seeing who is available to give me a lift and driving across town to a ‘new’ spot. Although I have no furniture to lug around, it still always surprises me how many things I take from one place to the next. The highlight of the moves, yesterday no exception, is getting rid of some of my belongings. Things that I realize I have not used and do not need. The less I move with me, the more freedom I have to move around and the less things to worry about.
So there we have it, the cliche “less is more”. This move was another reminder of how true it is, at least for me. Not just in terms of material things but also in focus of time and energy. This is where I left off with slow. down. and. walk., when my mind and body both called me to a halt. The past two weeks have been a reminder of how important slowing down is.
Challenge #5: Standing still and listening to what your body and mind tell you. Solution: Detox socially, postpone a few projects and take a hike in Montserrat. Oh and catch upon sleep. Interesting Insight: I missed (or ignored) a few red flags. By the time I accepted that I needed to take it easy, I need two weeks+ to recuperate to catch up with my energy. Wanting more, wanting to try it all and not making choices left my mind to make a choice for me, to literally shut down. This was a “learning by doing” lesson where focusing on less, I have more energy to do the things that I commit too. It is an obvious insight but I suppose that sometimes I just need to be reminded. But one less is more that does not win, is sleep. More sleep really is more.
Speaking of sleep, I should go to bed. Early morning tomorrow. Let’s see where doing less will take me.
- Postcard: September 2010 – London
- Photo: June 2015 – Hiking Montserrat