1,2,3 Week #18

Spring 2021

Felt a bit more like spring this week. Blooms all over the place, then so is my allergies as well. Had some great luck with giving myself time for me, so I got some deeper dives into the content I have for you this week I really hope you enjoy.

  1. Get outside. We’ve been in either lock down or in some of being a shut in for the past fall and winter. I get such energy from taking a walk, run, or even a sit outside. It’s not good for us as humans to be trapped for consistent amounts of time indoors. We’re explorers. The sun gives us vitamin D that we need for energy. Think about it. Centuries ago, we lived outside. Somewhere down the road of history we decided to build shelters because we thought we needed to be protected from the elements. I’m not saying I want to live outside, don’t like the house I built with my bare hands, or want to just live like a wild hermit in the great outdoors. Does that make me a hypocrite? I would love to get a few possessions someday paired down, build a tiny home, and live off the grid eventually. Just enough of a shelter to keep some close possessions in, my wife, and live off sun/outdoors. All this to say, get outside! Find a way to go camping in a tent for a long weekend. Soak up the sun. Great news from the CDC this week too, we can if vaccinated be safe to walk around with out a masks, NOT in groups. Time to go outdoors. Time to go for a mindful walk. Play with your kids on the lawn or at a park. Get outside! Below is a great screen shot I got from the CDC based on safety for your outdoor activity, vaccinated and/or not.

2. The two articles of the week starts with the Rule of Four. Four hours. What if all you had in your day to get done the most important things in your life was four hours? Would you choose differently? It’s okay, I see you thinking. Along with only four hours if that’s all you had? What would your mornings be like? 5 Things You Should Do First Thing In the Morning To Be Happier All Day is a huge title, but a simple message. Catherine talks about rituals, wellness habits, having a conversation with your self, and practicing gratitude as all great ways to start the day.

3. I got some really good quotes that moved me this week. Hope they do the same for you as well. Most were ones that I read during my study/reading times. I identify with them. You can learn a lot about me, just from these three picked for you for this week.

“What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.” – Gretchen Rubin

So many times we don’t recognize the importance of sticking with a habit we’re trying improve, change, or learn. Every day you try matters, not once in a while.

“I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.” – Pablo Picasso

This is me. I relish doing things that I can not do. I find out my truth in either being successful to find out not only am I good at what I thought I could not do, but now can. But, I also find out at times that I love doing it! It becomes pretty special. Those that I find out I can not do, I learn, potentially even find a way to being able to do it. I guess what I am really saying, we CAN do anything we try to set out to do.

“More effort is wasted doing things that don’t matter than is wasted doing things inefficiently. Elimination is the highest form of optimization.” – James Clear

So much wasted time. Every time I got back to examining the week, it was completely true.

Pretty focused if you didn’t pick it up on getting more from our surroundings. Whether it’s time or the it’s the atmosphere, getting the most, not taking for granted what’s in our lives all the time will give us a lot more back. A lot more gratitude for what we have.

✌🏻 Shawn

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