In January, I was given a gift that most parents (with three kids under five) never receive, a week alone in Hawaii.
I knew this might be my only week alone this year.
I had to make it count!
It took me a few days to create the Perfect Day. Here’s what it contains:
- Train twice
- Ride bike uphill
- Cold room for sleeping
- Reading and writing
- Quiet time
To create this day, I had to say “no” quite a bit, mostly to my training buddy but also to myself.
This day would lose it’s lustre over time because it is missing love, service and connection to others. However, I can bring this day back to the real world and include my family.
It is nearly impossible for me to recall serenity. Stress is much more salient. I have to trust my past self when he sends advice to my future self!
Social media, cable and group think are not about serenity – they are about triggering envy, fear and anger.
I explained my list to my wife and she asked me, “what about me?”
She didn’t remember that 72 hours earlier I asked her to write out her perfect week.
I forget too.
When you have moments of clarity, write them down.