Happy Monday, bloggerverse! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I took Saturday and did absolutely. nothing. NOTHING. I laid on my couch and had my own Friends marathon with Millie sleeping on top of me for most of it. I’m not great at sitting still, but I felt like I needed it, and I was right. It was perfect.
I think what workaholics like me fail to acknowledge is that rest is a necessary part of the creative cycle. In an interview with Arianna Huffington, Lin Manuel-Miranda shares that he came up with the idea for Hamilton while reading on vacation. He says about taking a break: “There’s no magic pill for it. No ginger, no apple cider vinegar will substitute a good night of sleep. I do believe we make our worst decisions when we’re tired.”
“It’s no accident that the best idea I’ve ever had in my life — perhaps maybe the best one I’ll ever have in my life — came to me on vacation,” Miranda said.
“When I picked up Ron Chernow’s biography [of Hamilton], I was at a resort in Mexico on my first vacation from ‘In The Heights,’ which I had been working seven years to bring to Broadway,” he continued. “The moment my brain got a moment’s rest, ‘Hamilton’ walked into it.”
Hard work begets tunnel vision – a singular focus to accomplish the task(s) at hand. When we stop and rest, our bodies and minds are given the chance to absorb the world around us and allow new ideas to take shape. On the other hand, fatigue begets sloppiness and frustration. It’s funny how hardly working can sometimes be more productive than working hard.
How do you rest? What are your strategies for shutting off your brain and filling the other buckets in your life? How do you stay balanced?
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