Get Growing! Tools and Strategies for Living, Working and Relating Well
"Stepping Back: The Gift of Taking a Break"
March 1 , 2023
Hello! Glad to be back in touch. I decided to put my newsletter on hold last year for the best of reasons. Meet Ernie, the newest addition to our family.
Ernie is a Black Lab/hound mix who has brought both joy and chaos into our lives. But don't let his dignified demeanor fool you. Behind that calm display is a rambunctious ball of energy guaranteed to rock your world!
Now that the dust has settled, I’ve decided to resume my newsletter and Ernie provides lots of inspiration. So here are some tools and strategies to help you get a grip when life gets a tad unwieldy.
Re-think your priorities: You can’t drop everything, but by directing your time and energy toward what matters most, you can tread water until things settle down. Put less pressing items on the back burner for future reference. Just don’t forget to keep tabs on them to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Take a step back: When too many things are vying for your attention at the same time, lighten your load wherever possible otherwise, something or someone is sure to get short shrift. You may feel guilty about not doing it all, but it’s better to approach your to-do list with a sense of presence and purpose than halfheartedly.
Come back better: Once things calm down, you can revisit the back burner, but don’t mindlessly pick up where you left off. Ask yourself, is this something I really need to continue doing? If yes, devise a more efficient or interesting way of doing it. If no, you just bought yourself some extra time.
Time and distance can provide perspective and renewed interest in things we do on a regular basis. When I decided to resume my newsletter, I came up with lots of new topics and ideas, all thanks to taking a break… and Ernie!
A Good Read
Love Is All You Need: The Revolutionary Bond-Based Approach to Educating Your Dog by Jennifer Arnold
Quote of the Day
Be the person your dog thinks you are. ~ C.J. Frick
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