Friday, March 5, 2010

Renewing

To renew yourself,
you need to take a break every so often.

Anything we do repetitively for too long a time causes us to grow stale. It doesn't matter whether it's at our job, eating the same food, driving the same car, or in our relationships, if we stay at it without taking an occasional break, we are confronted by the Law of Diminishing Returns.

Simply put, the Law of Diminishing Returns says that you can eat one ice cream cone and it's good; you can eat two ice cream cones and they're still good; but if you go on to eat seven or eight ice cream cones, you'll start to get pretty uncomfortable. You'll need to take a break from ice cream for awhile and renew yourself so that you can come back and eat ice cream cones again in the near future.

As we said, this little analogy not only works for ice cream cones, but for everything we do. We become inefficient and dull if we do not work with this law consciously.

I had a very good friend in Kona who worked side by side throughout the week with his wife, and he always made a deliberate point to get away every second or third weekend to watch sports on TV with his buddies. Needless to say, his wife was not always happy about this, especially because he would just up and go whenever he felt that their relationship was becoming strained by their being so close together all the time. But, in the long run, their relationship flourished year in and year out because he had the wisdom to work in harmony with the Law of Diminishing Returns and get away so that they would both have the time to recharge and come back together, renewed.

My Intention for today is:
I Intend that I am working consciously with the Law of Diminishing Returns
and that I am taking a break when I need it.

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