We all feel the lull of winter. It can be a daunting season, filled with holidays, family relationships, personal relationships, and a never ending list of resolutions. Sometimes the things that you want to do can become difficult to accomplish, or even start.
As humans, we’re built not only to think, but to move. I think achieving a balance with those things really brings a sense of comfort towards everything I do.
There’s this recent trend of standing desks and walking meetings. When I think about it, its not a recent trend - it’s just recent in the context of our times and how we work now. We used to have more jobs that required us to stand, move around, and exert some kind of physical effort.
If something is harder and another thing easier, we’ll often choose the former route - unless we have a choice that evens the playing field. Usually that equalizer is knowledge and education. Eating raw meat before its cooked is definitely easier than waiting, but from our experiences and education we know that’s probably not the best thing to do - we can get any number of different diseases from just taking the easy route.
Setting myself in motion physically gets my mind in gear, more than most things. So I run and exercise 2-3 times a week, and walk about 40 minutes to and from work every day. I still feel chained to my desk, so I make myself get up now and then. To get water, to think, or actually walk over and talk to someone instead of typing in a chat window.
These routines that I do everyday aren’t logical in a convenient sense. Of course I could take the bus instead of walking and get there 10 minutes earlier. But that’s 10 minutes I could be walking. That’s 10 minutes I can take the chance to stop and think, and appreciate the world around me.
When I started going on these walks to and from work, I found I would get incredibly inspired. My mind was allowed to wander. It gave me some space to think about things in the day, things to come, and things in the environment. I felt more attached to the city I live in, and respected it so much more.
We always have a choice to do the things we know that make us feel amazing, or settle for what’s ‘good enough.’ The difference is, no matter how hard it becomes when I shoot for those amazing feelings, I feel it’s been worth it.