Good morning all, and welcome to this week’s
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain, one of the best-known American authors, is also known for a lot of his quirky quotes. This one fits quite well into that, and is something that a lot of people really need to work on!
Imagination is something that many people in today’s busy world tend to set aside or push back in favor of staying focused on career, on real-world worries, such as doing well at a job, making enough money to take care of the family, meeting social expectations, and so on. But, they are stressed, they worry more, and they start to lose sight of the more enjoyable things in life.
It is important to stay focused on the mandatory things, but it’s also just as important to be able to relax and take some time off of those worries. Take a little bit of time every day to unwind, to just have some fun, to let the stresses melt away. Even if you work ten to twelve hours every day (and there are a lot of people who do), set aside an hour before bed to just do nothing – no work, no bills, no chores. Read a book, maybe watch some TV, or listen to music, and don’t think about all the “important” things you’re setting aside; they’ll be a lot easier and less stressful when you’re not as tired.
It’s been studied and proven that people who take time to do fun things, to enjoy simple relaxation or recreational activities, do perform better at work, and are overall happier, than those who bring their work home with them and ignore those relaxation times. Obviously, the work still needs done, so everyone needs to find their happy balance between the two; usually an hour of relaxation can make up for ten hours of responsibility.
Anyway… I’m starting to get off topic again. Imagination is the big thing here. Even people with super-important jobs and responsibilities need to let their minds take some time off those responsibilities too; without that time for the mind to step back and catch its breath, job performance will suffer, and productivity goes down.
For now, I’m going to hop off here and fulfill some of my own responsibilities. Until next week,