What do you do when your brain turns to fuzz and you need to get the cobwebs out of your head? Today is Epiphany, which is, traditionally, the day the wise men arrived to find the Christ child. An “epiphany” has come to mean a sudden awakening or realization. I wrote a couple of days ago about how I had a little epiphany of my own while vacationing in Italy. Like the wise men, I discovered that if you want to find truth, sometimes you just have to pack your camels and go after it!
Psychiatrist Ed Hallowell, author of Crazy Busy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and about to Snap!, is a real advocate for the idea of walking away. He notes that sometimes our brains are stuck in a loop like a scratched record. We spin away, but we keep hitting that same scratch over and over. We become the noise in our own brains. At that point, it’s time to move. Get up. Go for a walk. Meet a friend for lunch. Pray. Dance. Get out of town for a few days—or even longer if possible.
Again, it’s about trust. Just put that thing you are chewing on into bigger hands and TRUST. Before you know it, the solution to that problem you’ve been looping over and over in your brain becomes clear. It’s really weird how that happens. Kind of like your “big idea” waits politely for the fuzz in your brain to move over and make room for new ideas to settle into your soul. And if there’s no room for simple ideas, there’s even less room for imagination…for wonder…for amazement. And what is life if you aren’t filled with wonder and amazement now and then?
The wise men had the right idea. Walk away from your daily work, your routine—even sometimes from all that you know.
Follow that star!
So what about you? What do you do when it’s time to hit the reset button?
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