Living in the Moment – Breaking down problems into bite size pieces. We have all heard that the action of ‘living in the moment’ works well at relieving stress and anxiety. But can it help us obtain our goals as well? I invite you to live in the moment for just a few minutes while I tell a funny story.
Big tasks can seem overwhelming and building a personal airplane would certainly qualify as a big task. So how does one achieve this without the worries or concerns that would either result in failure; or worse, a collateral mental breakdown requiring therapy.
A dear friend was planning to build an aircraft that he saw flying overhead and was mystified by it. It was a 1928 designed open cockpit craft called the Pietenpol. Trevor lived on a small ranch and his barn was the ideal workspace to welcome his new project. One cold autumn morning, his first piece arrived. It was the cleanest specimen of the finest Spruce you could find. A simple beam of wood measuring about 15’ long, 12’” high, and 6” wide. Excited at his first tangible component of the grand project, Trevor ran to show his wife. When Monica arrived she looked at the beam of wood, paused, then shrugged and said, “Hmmm, some assembly required?”
I got such a kick out of her comment but as Trevor later explained; building an airplane isn’t a big job, it is just many, many small jobs.
How does breaking down large tasks help you and your organization relieve stress? Is it not a form of ‘living in the moment’? Let me know your thoughts in the comment selection below. I look forward to sharing my next posts and hope you will bookmark this page and join in the conversation of Life Skills through Adventure.
You can look forward to hearing tales of dreams and adventure. We will be revealing emotional health strategies, like this puzzle. Which ‘Circle’ do you rest your mind in?
Until Next time, this is Dale inviting you break down your large tasks and live well – in the moment.