This is my first week back at work after a 3-week holiday. It feels a little odd, but I am getting back into it.
On holiday I did very little except eat, sleep, walk around ancient sites and cities and READ! I had my laptop with me, but I think I opened it 3 or 4 times in the 21 days… so a good break was achieved.
This had an interesting impact on my state of mind. The first week or so I was a bit anxious, constantly thinking I was missing stuff. But by the end of week 2, I was more relaxed and actively starting to churn and process my reading, the experiences of the rest of the year and everything that has happened the last few months.
It was as if I needed to first settle the dust and NOT think about work and my ideas before I could do so in a way that contributed anything new.
We live in a high-speed world that exerts a lot of mental pressure. So, when you don’t do anything for3-weeks and things don’t really change, its an interesting experience. One that makes it much easier to see what’s really important and what is less so.
This holiday brought me a lot of clarity and a lot of new ideas. Suddenly I am more patient with myself and the process of establishing this mode of training.
I am also able to see the broader outline of how all my reading, research and experience fit together like a big puzzle. It’s taken a long time for this to become visible, and a lot of thought: both conscious and unconscious.
I always like it when the diverse reading, conversations and thoughts that I have started to gel together, and that is exactly what has happened a lot in the last two weeks.
My recommended reading for the holiday was as follows:
- Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker (mind-blowing book!)
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
- Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End Of The World by Haruki Murakami
I heartily recommend them all, although I have still not decided if I understand what happened at the end of the Murakami novel!