I recently read in one of the books I carry around with me that walking away from whatever project you have on and returning to it with a clear mind will most likely help you finish the project better than persisting with it there and then. This isn’t rocket science, I know. But how come when we know this, we still persist with continuing with things until we’re tired both mentally and physically…?
It sometimes takes courage to decide to leave something for the time being and to come back to it later, sometimes at an undecided time. We want to move quick, to already be at the finish line, to have the results here and now. There is a love for finishing things, to get things done, one thing after another. It brings satisfaction, feeling of completion. However, doing this, do we forgot to appreciate the power of now? Sometimes the best ideas and the greatest achievements come when we’re present in the now. Not when we’re thinking about the end result and by when we want to finish something.
To take a rest from something, to allow yourself that break, to feel ok with saying “I don’t need to get this done right now”, that’s what we need to remind ourselves of. We say we know to to do so, but do we really live by it?
I’ve come across a great saying* a few times now which says that the time a rower has the oar out of the water is just as important as the time when the rower has the oar in the water. The rest in between the strokes is as important for how far we go as the strokes themselves.
We easily forget about the now, to just stop and let things be. Sometimes the right thing is to just walk away from your project. Taking time off now will certainly help you gain greater results in the long run.
“Knowing when to walk away, is wisdom. Being able to, is courage.”
Picture borrowed from http://christainnewyork.com/, taken by Miruna Uzdris
*Found in Wink and Grow Rich by Roger Hamilton.