As you may recall from our website, one of our three favorite words is ease. We strive to bring ease into our own lives as well as the lives of our clients.
But living with ease does not always mean doing what’s easy.
For me, living with ease means finding a sense of fulfillment and appreciating the wonder of every step of the journey.
Looking at transportation as an example, we’re constantly trying to figure out what’s the fastest and easiest (from easy with a y) way to get from point a to point b. It’s all about the destination.
A while back, I started experimenting with how I get places. On one particular day, I had an appointment a little over 5 miles from my house. Factoring in the public transit to get there (bus to a train), waiting times for the scheduled arrivals, allowing extra time just in case some part of the transit is delayed, it usually takes me about 45 minutes to go from point a to point b for this location.
So I walked. It took me an hour and 45 minutes to walk at a medium pace. I had to budget one extra hour in my day (I took transit back because I had a call scheduled), but here’s what else came with that walk:
- It was a nice bit of exercise.
- I didn’t have to navigate the constant rushing of public transit.
- There was no worry that I would break down.
- I allowed myself to observe the world around me with wonder. What a nice journey.
That last one was the best. On the way to my appointment, I saw a tree I’d never seen before in a part of town I’d never been to before. It was an awesome tree.
So even though walking 5 miles is physically harder than taking public transit, for me, it allowed a sense of ease on my journey and made my day a little bit better.
The next day, I had an appointment about 4 miles from my house. Guess how I got there.
So to bring it back to my initial point, whether you’re looking at how to get somewhere or how to accomplish some task or how to structure a project… Don’t necessarily go with what you think will be easy (with a y).
Ask yourself how will you enjoy the journey most? What method will give you the greatest sense of wonder? That almost always will bring more ease into your life.
I hope you see an awesome tree today.