Let it Flow
Thoughts. Sometimes it’s a spigot. Sometimes it’s a drip. Sometimes it’s a drought.
The key is to keep at it. First, let those thoughts flow when it’s a spigot. I’m an organized person, which is usually great. But there are times when I sabotage myself. I write down everything I want to accomplish in a day which is without fail more than can be humanly accomplished. As I look at the list, my eyelids droop. My body slumps. I wish for my pillow.
Yes, it’s good to keep track of everything that I should do. But reviewing and rewriting that list over and over can be stressful and can turn that spigot of thoughts off. Not the way to go.
So when the thoughts are flowing, let it happen. Your previous notes of things to do are still there and are ready to use. But don’t look at them when the spigot is open. Just let it flow.
Then there are times when it’s a drip. You have a couple of ideas but you can’t get going. Now is a good time to review that list. There might be something there that strikes you. It may not be your top priority, but it is something that needs to get done. You’re more or less in the mood to do it, so just go! At best, doing this will get the flow going, and you can move on to more. At worst, you slashed one to do off your list. It’s win/win.
Then there are the times when it’s a drought. That might be a good time to go for a walk. Look at the petals on a flower. Look at the leaves on a tree. Look at the bark on a tree. Watch people. Watch small children. Smile. Fill your mind with the present. Experience the sounds, the smells, the feel. Let it percolate. Then go back and just give it a go. Maybe you’ll like what you wrote or did. Maybe you won’t. Maybe it will spark something for tomorrow. But you gave yourself a chance. Keep doing that. Because you are valuable. You are worthwhile.
You can do it.