REFLECTION: Take five! The phrase is usually attributed to movie sets and recording studios. Give the talent and crew a break, and they’ll come back ready to roll – or rock ‘n’ roll, as the case may be.
As you no doubt can guess, I’m a Take Five fan.
ACTION: Take five to heart this week and see how often and in how many creative ways you can apply a fiver in everyday life – to lighten up and liven up your world.
Let these ten Take Five action suggestions spur your imagination:
– Take 5 seconds, breathe deep, and settle down.
– Take 5 minutes in the midst of a project, meeting, or argument. See how a brief time out changes the energy and the tone of the activity and exchange.
– Take 5 bucks and spend it on something that will put a smile on someone’s face (maybe even yours).
– Take 5 criticisms or complaints that are on the tip of your tongue and refuse to give them voice.
– Take 5 and call someone who really needs to hear from you.
– Take 5 requests for your time and energy and say no to one of them.
– Take 5 great things in your life right now and appreciate the heck out of them.
– Take 5 tasks that have been collecting dust on your to do list – and either polish them off or ditch them completely (Be sure to play your Get-Out-Of Guilt Free card).
– Take 5 opportunities to let other drivers slip in front of you on the freeway. Wave them on and watch them smile.
– Take 5 hours on your calendar – and plan something fabulous as a treat or adventure to anticipate.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK: “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White
“Every man is a fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” – Elbert Hubbard
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Treat yourself to a vintage Take Five experience. Listen to Dave Brubeck play one of the most well known jazz melodies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwNrmYRiX_o
READERS WRITE: In response to last week’s Pause message about Nostalgia, JB writes: “Sometimes I think that people want to pinpoint exactly where an emotion is coming from. I believe that sometimes an emotion results from a multitude of things/events/thoughts. We don’t need to pinpoint it. We just need to let it be instead of trying to sweep it up and out the door! ”