Quite a few of us have had a break during summer. A time with fewer stimuli and impressions, less important decisions to make (except from what ice cream to choose) and more time outdoors. No, I don’t say everyone have been sleeping in tents and enjoying the mountains but walking bare feet on grass and swimming in lakes and sea also counts. And we don’t just need that as a break, we need a little more other that all year around to decrease stress and keep the course forward.
”A minute to learn. A lifetime to master” was written on the box of the game Mastermind when I was a kid. I never thought so much about it then, but nowadays I think it applies to a lot of the things in life. Just this week, three different persons said to me “seems like you enjoy your life right now”, and yes, I do. Don’t know if that means I have mastered life yet, but I hope I’m on my way and here are a few secrets to that!
Mountains of all sorts have always attracted me. I remember being a kid and me and a friend brought a rope for the first time to the hill nearby where we lived and actually set a new (probably stupidly risky) route on the steepest section. A few weeks ago, I ceased the opportunity when Covid-restrictions now let up to go to Scotland and climb Ben Nevis
When my six-year-old son asks me what I do at work, my answer is simply “I help people collaborate and a lot of that is about asking them questions to make them think for themselves because they, just as you, most often have the answers themselves. They just need a little time to think.”
Mid-pandemy, I had a small digital after work with Johan Welander, a wise friend of mine. He, just as me, is running his own business, is into public speaking and also a high level HR nerd. He said that three years into being self employed and gigger, he started to have the same questions popping up as after a couple of years at earlier workplaces: Is this really forever? What is my next step? Where do I go from here?
I just had a hell month. This autumn, September just flew by. I have never had so much to do, and I’m totally grateful for the opportunities presented to me by my clients and partners. It comes as the same time as a puppy enters my family (and office), my youngest son starts a new school and my wife starts a new job. And now, out on the other side where I’m grateful the light in the tunnel wasn’t a train, it got me thinking…