“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you."
- Walt Whitman
“In your mind, getting back to something basic means: giving it your attention; acknowledging in your heart, your emotions, that it’s important; committing honestly to it, and making a plan about it.” – Rick Hanson, PhD
I can recall many years ago when I played volleyball, and our team was making unforced errors and beating ourselves, someone on the team would eventually remind us to get back to basics or fundamentals and they’d say, “It all starts with a pass”, meaning when the serve comes over the net, our most basic job was to pass the ball to the setter, and that was the first thing that had to happen before we could even make an offensive play.
Over the years, I’ve found getting back to basics or fundamentals a helpful mental tool for getting out of my own way many times. When feeling overwhelmed and not sure which thing to tackle first, get back to basics, start small, one foot in front of the other. This will be different for all of us. This might mean getting up and taking a shower, or making a cup of coffee, scheduling that overdue appointment, feeding the cat, or cleaning the toilet. Whichever is the case, committing to taking the first step towards the most basic task, must happen before you can move forward.
If you're looking to get back to basics and simplify your life, here are some tips that may help:
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I wish you a healthy Summer and look forward to meeting you when the time is right for you. Until then….
Tracy Hunt, MSEd, LPCC
Owner, Turning Inward LLC
“Gentle Support for Difficult Times”