The Friday Five – Balm for a Restless & Distracted Soul

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Join me every Friday when I run down inspiring links and t’ings.  February’s theme is “Beautiful Words”.

Previous TFF’s can be seen here.

In the days following a week filled with visitors, I’ve found myself alone, restless and distracted.  This week I am the proverbial dog, circling and circling but never feeling comfortable enough to lie down; i.e., get back into my routine.  I was sorely in need of some beautiful, inspiring words.

Please enjoy this Friday Five countdown of the words and actions that got me back on track:

5.  “7 pieces of Wisdom that will Change the Way You Work.”  from 99U

4.  “You can have an Easy Life or an Awesome One.  Choose Wisely.” from 99U

3.  “Warren Buffett’s “2 List Strategy”:  How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities.” from James Clear

2.  “Minimalism, Success and the Curious Writing Habit of George R.R. Martin.”  from James Clear

Helpful yes, but something was still missing.  I dogged myself into sitting down and plowing through my resistance when I finally realized that I just needed to get away from the studio and the computer to my favorite place.  Here’s what I did:

1.  I grabbed a chair, some paper, a pen and a cuppa and headed down to the beach for a sit and a think and a bit of writing.  There’s something about staring at the ocean that calms and centers me and helps me regain a healthy perspective and focus.  The vast expanse of the ocean, the resilient and soothing nature of the waves and the release that writing just as I am thinking with no thought to structure or grammar or style sets me straight and gets me back to remembering what’s important.

When you’re restless and distracted, how do you get back on track?  Leave your answer in the comments section below.



3 thoughts on “The Friday Five – Balm for a Restless & Distracted Soul

  1. Linda, when I’m restless – I sit and think and journal and think some more, and read, think, journal, and yes – think some more. I be still and quiet. With a husband, three teens, and a dog it can be challenging but I’ve learned the best time is in the morning before everyone else is awake. I try to do this daily and am successful 95% of the time. Today was not one of the 95%. So, I feel a bit restless. Now, I’m at lunch and normally would walk in the park when feeling this way. It’s raining and dreary so instead, I’m here reading your blog. Thank you for your inspiring words.


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