But my quest for solitude is not always successful because, as it turns out, a lot of us are seeking the same. There is something deep within us that calls to nature.
But no wonder. Nature is not only beautiful but incredibly functional. We can learn quite a few lessons from nature. Here’s the first one:
Nature works in cycles. Photosynthesis happens by day but trees rest at night. There is a planting season, a growing season for crops and also a season of rest. Nothing naturally grows in winter.
The intensive farming culture has spread outside agriculture and into other aspects of our lives.
Instead of respecting our need for balance between work and rest, we glorify the “hustler lifestyle”.
It is true that an artist, entrepreneur, scientist (non exhaustive list) will have to work a lot. But working too hard is counter-productive.
In fact, the best ideas may strike not when we are working, but relaxing. Paul McCartney famously came up with the tune for “Yesterday” in his sleep. Einstein came up with the theory of relativity reflecting on a dream he had.
There are countless stories of artists and scientists who had breakthroughs in their dreams.
When we sleep, our brain files away and organises our thoughts of the day. We are in effect working subconsciously on our problems.
When we forego or neglect our sleep, we not only impair our mental faculties the next day, but we also miss out on our subconscious working its magic.
Therefore, an underrated arsenal to fight our way through the many problems we encounter on the way toward making our vision a reality is having cognitive space, scheduling enough rest, whether that also includes micro-naps, time in nature or any hobby allowing total switch-off.
In a counter-intuitive way, we need some time away from the problem to work best on the problem.
So unapologetically take a time out regularly. Sleep on it, nap on it or daydream in it.
Reflect, Redefine, Rise