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A Simple Path – To Getting Back to the Basics

By on Jan 19, 2014

“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.

getting back to the basics

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.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Karen Jolly

    Grateful for your article this morning Alex – beautiful simple ways we can all get in touch with our creativity – and most of all get re-aligned! Thank you!!

    • Karen – you are so right, they are so simple to do. All I have to do is to remember to do them more often!

  • Dino

    Excellent article and timing! I have been doing the exact same thing and many of these are now habits. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Alex, I’m filled with admiration for you. Many congrats on your book. You have now become my role model. My book is always on the back burner because I have a post to write or some other ‘commitment’ to keep. I’ve just written myself a list of why I want to write a book on the assumption it’ll remind me of my ‘why’ and support me in staying on track. Your perspective on writing is spot on for me.

    • I’m glad that I’ve inspired you Elle.There’s no question you have a wonderful book waiting inside of you. When the time is right, I know it will amazing!

  • Congrats on your book! It is hard to fit it all in. Sounds like you have some great plans for the future and you can now get back to some things that will make you happy! I’m in the middle of writing a book myself, and I will remember your words, “What matters is feeling confident that I did my best work and then letting go of the rest.”

    • Thanks for stopping by Cathy and sharing your encouraging words.Good luck on your book, and I hope my words help you!

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