If you’re sprinting through life as though it’s a race you have to win, you need to slow down and schedule some rest. Because the truth is, you’ve already won. You’re still here, with another chance to get it right, do better, and be better – starting now. – Oprah Winfrey, What I Know For Sure
How do you cultivate that feeling that you get when you’re on vacation, but without the beach and the break from your regular routine? How do you find that oasis within your busy schedule to slow down and refresh? In his book Start, Jon Acuff shared an interesting metaphor: You need to build your own Central Park.
Central Park may look like wasted green space if you’re looking down on New York City. It’s pretty remarkable that such a huge area of land has remained free of commerce and buildings, a breath of fresh air in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. There are always new things being built around it, but the city knows how important that sanctuary is.
Many people have built buildings on every part of their lives – they have no Central Park in their day, their week, or their month. They wait for and anticipate their next vacation without realizing that they can build their own Central Park into every day. Without the park, New York just isn’t the same. We need to make space for both the hustle and the calm.
Game Plan: Build your own Central Park. Go on new adventures. Take breaks to read fiction for fun. Carve out some time to sit and do some music meditation or find a tree to lie under.
Source: Start by Jon Acuff