(photograph: Julie Cook/ Savannah, GA/ 2013)
“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A change of pace, scenery, direction is often what is needed most in order to clear one’s head, open one’s eyes, help one to gain a new perspective. Sometimes we are so caught up in what we are doing that we have actually lost our effectiveness. Being able to stop and change gears, so to speak, has a wonderful way of re-charing worn out energies. The change of pace allows us to suddenly be open to a new thought or idea that had actually been there all along—it had simply remained elusive, we kept overlooking it all because we were stuck with our tunnel vision of the moment.
Being able to step back from a situation can allow for a much needed new perspective. Just remember that the next time you seem to be up against a brick wall, going no where, caught in a stubborn mire of frustration–the gift of distance and time can do wonders for the situation. Be it a ride on a bike, a walk outside, a day off…the brief change in activity can mean all the difference in the world.