BONUS: Pictures of Summer camp!!
It is now the one month anniversary since I was at Strategy Summer Camp. It may seem a bit strange to celebrate an anniversary of something that was not so very long ago, however my summer camp experience was one of those amazing trips that exists almost out of time and space. You know, those times in your life that because of their powerful impression sit just outside of space. It feels like happened just yesterday and at the same time like it was a thousand years ago. That was Summer Camp.
As amazing an experience as it was, it’s been very difficult to integrate the lessons I’ve learned there into my daily interactions. As much as I want to bring that magic to everyday life, it’s not so easy. Partly, that’s because we, as a society, generally don’t spend every day quietly contemplating life by a lake or blowing off the ever expanding to-do list in order to spend the afternoon crafting or napping. (And why the hell don’t we?) Instead, we rush around and try to get ALL THE THINGS done in an impossible amount of time. Then, and only then, we think that we are successful and accomplished if we can manage to tick off those little boxes each day.
But the truth of the matter is it’s not completing all the tasks that’s important. It’s enjoying the process that matters.
I was listening to the Happier podcast, with Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft, earlier this week (an old episode, I’m slowly catching up). And they had given a Happiness award to their father for his motto “Enjoy the process.” It’s so true that it’s clichéd. In our productivity driven society we need to see the end result before we allow any happiness to seep through. But the end result is just one piece of the puzzle.
Currently, I am reading Rising Strong, by Brené Brown (among about 10 other books – I have a slight reading addiction problem). In a moment of synchronicity, the part I read today was titled “You can’t skip day two.” It talked about how difficult the struggles of the middle of any story/class/work can be and frankly how much it sucks.
The middle is hard… but that’s where the meat of a story is. That’s Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, where they never seem to be getting closer to Mordor (and yes, I may have fallen asleep during that movie once or twice). That’s The Empire Strikes Back and Luke loses his hand (but finds his father!) That’s where the hero fights his villains and loses. When you think he won’t be able to make a comeback.
Frankly, I’ve been struggling since summer camp because I’m in the midst of my middle. I’m definitely not in the beginning anymore and nowhere near the end of my new story. It’s horrible and terrifying but when I look back, it’ll be the sweet marrow that I’ll remember the most about this period.
Are you currently stuck in your “middle” in a story? Do you need a break to remember all the good that you’ve created so far this year?
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