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A Simple Path – To Getting Back to the Basics

By on Jan 19, 2014

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“When the solution is simple, God is answering.” – Albert Einstein

I’ve been off my game lately. Finishing my book and managing its promotion has been a huge time drain. It has kept me from writing as much as I like, exercising as much as I want, and resting as much as I need.

So now it’s time – it’s time to get back to the basics.

Recharging My Spirit

The start of a new year is a good time to commit to getting back to what recharges my spirit the most. It’s about recognizing what makes me me, and then making a plan to do more of those things once again.

Getting back to the basics means:

  • Renewing my membership to the fitness center
    I have committed to working out four times a week. Working out helps with my weight management, but more than that, it helps to de-stress and it improves my self-esteem. Being committed to a monthly membership fee also gives me the extra push to stay on track.
  • Writing every day
    Beginning in February, I will write every post here. There will be no guest posts, just me sharing a properly-sized window into my life so you can see that you’re not alone as you experience some of the same hopes, dreams and challenges.
  • Watching what I eat and drink
    The holiday season, followed by a vacation, followed by a four-day business meeting, had me eating too many rich foods and drinking every day. I’ve switched back to more mindful eating and have cut back on alcoholic drinks to just the weekend. This has already improved my energy level, quality of sleep and belt line.
  • Remembering to smile more
    Releasing a book is stressful. Will people like it? Will it sell? The answers: It doesn’t matter. What matters is feeling confident that I did my best work and then letting go of the rest. My life’s value won’t be determined by the success of one project. I think it will be determined by how much happiness and love I gave to others – and to myself. Smiling is a reminder of that happiness.
  • Enjoying the simple things a little more
    Driving Emily to school, listening to the 7:15 a.m. sports report on my way to work, exchanging “how is your day?” text messages with Mary Beth and enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon watching football is like medicine for my soul. It helps replenish my strength to stand against whatever life may throw at me next.

What about you? Did you need to get back to the basics, too?

If so, get back to taking large daily doses of the medicine that’s good for your soul.

Sometimes the simple path to getting back to the basics begins by recognizing what makes you you and then making a plan to do more of those things once again.

Getting back to the basics feels good. My anxiety is in check; my creativity is returning and my love for exactly what I have is returning.

The basics are simple, and their life-giving gifts are a blessing.

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What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Please be sure to check out my book on Amazon: 20 Simple Paths to an Amazing Life.

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  • http://www.buswell.de/ A.J Buswell

    Great post Alex. Especially this;
    Releasing a book is stressful. Will people like it? Will it sell? The answers: It doesn’t matter. What matters is feeling confident that I did my best work and then letting go of the rest.
    It’s not always easy to realize what really matters in life.
    As Eckhart Tolle put it; I realized that nothing I ever did could add to what I already had.

  • http://NoMoreHoldingBack.com/ Larry Hochman

    I was reading an email from a friend with a stomach bug. She told me she feels like her diet was missing “live food.” That’s a different kind of getting back to basics, but I’m sure it makes a huge difference for the people who do it. Fun post to read, Alex. :)

    • http://www.thebridgemaker.com/ Alex Blackwell

      Hey Larry – I think “live food’ is a lot better than processed food, so good for her! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!

  • Victor Schueller

    Alex, I am looking forward to reading your posts in February! What a great way to start the year off. Like you, I get a feeling of renewal in January, and the beginning of the year is a great way to re-assess what is important and get in touch with your values, dreams, and aspirations, as well as taking time to reflect. Great piece. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.thebridgemaker.com/ Alex Blackwell

      Victor – I’m looking forward to sharing the year with you as we pursue our dreams and aspirations. Thanks for walking with me!