Relax

📷 @alessandraambrosio

📷 @alessandraambrosio

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
— Georgia O'Keeffe 🌸🌹🌺

How many of us are busy? How many of us rush without really knowing why?⠀

It reminds me of a useful allegory from Derek Sivers. We can RELAX, AND get the same RESULT.⠀

Enter DEREK:⠀

"A few years ago, I lived in Santa Monica, California, right on the beach.⠀

There’s a great bike path that goes along the ocean for 7½ miles.⠀
On weekday afternoons, it’s almost empty. It’s perfect for going full-speed.⠀

So a few times a week, I’d get on my bike and go as fast as I could. I mean really full-on, 100%, head-down, red-faced, sprinting.⠀

I’d finish exhausted, and look at the time. 43 minutes. Every time. Maybe a minute more on a really windy day. But basically always 43 minutes.⠀

After a few months, I noticed I was getting less enthusiastic about this bike ride. I think I had mentally linked it with being completely exhausted.⠀

So one day I decided I would do the same ride, but just chill. Take it easy, nice and slow. OK not super-slow, but dialing it back to about 50% of my usual effort.⠀

And ahhh.... What a fun ride. I was relaxed, and smiling, and looking around. Not red-faced. I was barely giving it any effort.⠀

I saw two dolphins in the water. A pelican flew right over me in Marina del Ray. When I looked up to say “wow!”, he shit in my mouth. I can still remember that taste of digested shellfish. I had to laugh at the novelty of it [...]"⠀

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📷 Derek Sivers

📷 Derek Sivers