“You never have to think outside the box, if you refuse to let anyone put you in a box.” – Sir Richard Branson
Many of us live our lives in a series of boxes:
We wake up in our home box, commute in our car/train/bus box, sit in our work box, go to the workout box, shop at the food box, then go back to the home box, to eat out of a box (due to a lack of time).
In addition to physically putting ourselves in a series of boxes, we mentally box ourselves in… titles, schedules, SMART goals, checklists, to-do lists… count, measure, track, compare, repeat…
We are humans, not robots.
“Nothing is harder to bear, than a succession of fair days.” – Goethe
Just as safety and food security is necessary to meet our physiological needs, our long term emotional needs like happiness, creativity and wellbeing, requires that we:
- get uncomfortable
- have variety in our routines, our learning and our working
- experience environmental changes such as temperature, scenery and weather
- have the capability to be spontaneous, flexible and resilient
- insource more movement
When we achieve this balance, then we are truly well-thy.
How do you live and think outside the box?