Everyday? “I don’t have time.” “Life is too busy.”
I know, I know. Everyone is too busy. I get it.
You aren’t too busy for this. None of us are. As Tony Robbins said when discussing something similar, “If you don’t have 10 minutes, you don’t have a life.”
It’s easy. It doesn’t take long. We all have time, no matter what your day looks like. Here are two things that every single one of us should do every day.
Just sit in silence. Think. No emails. No TV. No phone. No sound. Just you and that mysterious thing called silence. Allow your brain to think. You know, the thing that it was given to you to do. It’s ok, really, I promise. It won’t hurt.
As Blaise Pascal said over 300 years ago, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
Blaise made this statement long before Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter. Long before the iPhone, TV, or radio.
This statement is truer now than ever before. Do we even know how to sit in silence? When was the last time you just drove down the road, sound off, no radio, and just silence? When was the last time you sat in a room with no sound on the tv, phone in another room, and nothing but silence?
Do it. I dare you! Just sit there and be silent and still for 5 minutes. Count to 250 if you want to. Just try sitting there.
Get a journal out. Or use your notebook on your phone. Open up Evernote. Whatever your choice is and just name 3 things you’re grateful for. Anything. It doesn’t matter what it is, just name something your grateful for today.
We all have 3 things that we are grateful for every single day. No matter how your day, week, or month have gone — we have a multitude of things to be grateful for and we need to remind ourselves of this sometimes.
Life gets hectic. Life is disruptive at times and it’s easy to get stressed out about things. Take a minute or two and be grateful for something today.
These 2 things can be done every single day by everyone. It’s easy. It takes less than 10 minutes. We’ve all spent at least 10 minutes today on our phone scrolling social media, the news, or ESPN.
Which habit is more worthwhile? Which habit will lead to more peace and comfort in life?
Learning how to handle stress is a choice and a skill. You are either take the time to do it and live with peace and gratefulness or you don’t.
Go ahead…take your quiet time.
You’ll be glad you did.