Out of the Mouths of Babes...

Every night, before my 5 year old goes to bed, I climb in bed with her and we discuss what we did during the day. It's become our thing. We talk about school, friendships, life, God, etc. She takes great pride in telling me every single detail that happened to her. And as silly as a 5 years old's details may be, I love listening to them.

Last night, when it was my turn to tell her what happened in my mundane life of emails, meetings, paying bills, and shuttling kids around; she asked me why all of a sudden I got quiet. I mean, who wants to hear about all the boring emails I send during the day?  I told her, 'Mommy just has a lot on her mind... that is all'....

She then responded with this:

You can’t dream if you always have stuff on your mind, mommy
— Alva Rivers

Did my 5 year old just teach me the most profound lesson in life? I think I just had an Oprah 'Aha Moment'!

In order for us to be great, forward thinking, and successful in life, you have to clear your mind out in order to dream up possibilities, solutions, and what's yet to come. Holding stuff in, harping on the tasks that are right in front of you, stifles growth. You're just stuck hammering through the same brick wall instead of thinking of other solutions to get around or over the wall. The easiest way to solve a problem is to back up and take a broader view of it. It's like a Manet painting. Up close, the brush strokes are thick, it doesn't blend, it's blurry,  it just doesn't make sense. But from 15ft away, it is one of the most beautiful paintings ever created!

Here are a few quick tips on how I clear my mind:

1. Write it down.
Some people journal, I simply write a list. The point for me is to just get the thoughts out of my head and onto a piece of paper. That way I can circle back to it the next day (or next week...) with a clearer approach.

2. Meditate/Pray on it and release it.
This one is a little harder for me. It's hard to sit still when you have a million thoughts running around your head. But pushing through that wall of thoughts and getting into the clear meditative space is enlightening. I will admit. I need improvement with this one.

3. 'Think about it Tomorrow' - Scarlett O'Hara
I love this approach - And I love Gone With the Wind! But truly, it's okay to push off problems and issues. Not for a lifetime, but for a day or two. I do this to eliminate emotional responses. My knee-jerk reaction to a problem or situation, may not always be the 'best' solution. So, I wait a day or so, and re-approach it from a different perspective.

What are some tips that you use to clear your mind?
Whatever method you choose, I wish you sweet dreams of endless possibilities. Clear your thoughts and watch your progress soar!