Posted by on Sep 20, 2009 in How-To Lessons | 1 comment

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Tomorrow morning I vanish off the face of the earth, technologically speaking, for eight days. I’m leaving and I’ll be totally un-wired. I was planning on writing eight extra LSNED facts this weekend, and scheduling them to trickle out while I was gone. Eight. That’s a lot. Each one takes over an hour to uncover, research, write, and illustrate. I worried about it. I hated the thought of a lapse in my once-a-day continuity (this post marks 70 days without a hiccup). Surely I’d be letting down my readers. As the weekend arrived, the task grew from a worry to a stress.

Just now, at the moment I began writing this, I freed myself from that un-fun, stressful task simply… with a shrug. Here’s some suggestions that may help you de-stress your life.

#1 – Realize it probably doesn’t matter. The majority of what seems critically important today has a very short life span. It will dull by tomorrow, and by months end be a faded memory. My “legacy” of once-a-day-every-day posts, I realized, really only mattered to me. The rest of the world will be un-affected, if they even notice.

#2 – Play matters. Play often. I feel it’s very important for adults to do things that don’t matter at all, except that you enjoy doing them. The key is to release any feelings of guilt. As Dr. Stuart Brown explains in this video, play is vital, beneficial, and makes you smarter. Writing this blog is play, except when I feel “forced” to write eight posts in one day!

#3 – Shop less. Much stress is caused by the earn/spend life cycle. It’s very easy to buy things we don’t need, then spend more unnecessary time working to pay for those useless items. I know some people go shopping as a form of entertainment. Yikes! I personally have a wait-and-see tactic. If I feel the urge to buy something, I don’t give in then and there. I wait to see if I still want it next week, or next month. (this rule does not apply to chocolate bars)

#4 - Move slower. The most stressful part of rushing, for me, is that your mind is focused on where you intend to end up rather than where you are. The zen concept is “being in the moment”, and the folk version is “stopping to smell the flowers”. Take things slow and be mindful of what you’re doing. The insight that comes from that also helps you to discover certain tasks that may not really matter, as above. (I made the decision to not write those 8 posts while laying in a hammock)

#5 – Don’t worry, be happy. If a fish can learn to sing, dag nabbit you better listen! Don’t worry. Worry will never change anything. Either do something about it, or accept that the thing in question is beyond your control. There is never a good reason to worry. Be happy. Author Dan Millman says to practice unreasonable happiness, which is simply being happy without any particular reason. You and only you are 100% responsible for your mood.

I do appreciate all you folks who visit, read, and hopefully enjoy my blog.  I’ll be back again with fact-filled daily posts after my adventure. In the meantime, I encourage you to try applying some of these thoughts to your life. If you do run short on facts, be sure to check out any of the other 69 posts I’ve made around here.

  • Source: cobbled from various collected wisdom and things that I at least try to practice in my daily life.