I am just finishing up a work trip, on the plane about to land in Albuquerque. Once again I have found that a break from my intense daily life as a parent and part-owner of several active businesses has jumpstarted my insight and creativity.
I once read that the great people of history, men in particular, made all of their great work before they settled down and had a family. I don't know if that's true, or just a truism, but it sure sounds familiar.
That's not to say that parenting isn't important, or that I don't do anything important to society in my work -- I do. What is bothering me, though, is the loss of time to think that comes from a constant grind of housework, child-activity logistics, making dinner, putting the kids to bed, doing the same set of time-sucking activities every day.
In contrast, the last time I had a day to sit and just let my mind slow down a little (a day-long meditation retreat), it kicked off a month-long burst of energy and creativity and work. It resulted in inbox zero and offloading over 30 tasks to Fancy Hands.
I'm coming home from this trip with a similar feeling. Having had the chance to be An Adult By Myself for a few days has me brimming with thoughts of what comes next. Reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius has had a similar orienting effect as sitting in meditation. (Thanks again @mariayang). Now what I need to do is twofold:
1) Figure out how to maintain this state of mind.
2) Put those changes into place. And keep them there.
It seems like every time I go through this I get a little bit closer to keeping it going. Perhaps this can be that time.