by Skip Cohen
Now and then Melody Beattie knocks one out of the park. This was yesterday's reading from her book "Journey to the Heart." It's the perfect reminder to take time off, BEFORE you crash and burn!
The book may have been published in 1996, but there's no expiration date on anything she shares. Sheila introduced me to her books years ago, and at this point I think, between the two of us, we've got just about everything she's written.
"Recharge your Battery
Rest when you're tired. Take a break when life stales. Take time to recharge your battery.
Energy isn't something you have - it's something you are. To give and give and give, to put out without taking in, deplete your battery. It drains you, runs you down. Running on a low battery is no longer necessary, because now we know how to live differently.
Taking time to rest, renew, and refresh yourself isn't wasted time. Recharge. Choose what energized you. Nature. A song. The voice of a friend. A nap. A hot bath. A cup of tea. A favorite program. A movie that makes you laugh or cry. A walk. A run. A poem. A prayer. A book that speaks to your soul.
Actions that emerge from an energized source are easier, go further, accomplish more. Let your work and love come from a vital spirit."
The only thing I'd add to her list of things to do would be imaging related. Get to a workshop. Attend a conference. Put the names of your favorite imaging icons into the search box on YouTube. Take your camera out for an hour or two and be your own client. The list goes on and on...but it's about doing things that remind you why you got into this business in the first place.
As I've written before, you can't create images that tug at people's heartstrings, if your own heart isn't in it. Sometimes all you need is a short break and time to recharge!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.