It’s been a big 2 weeks of output.
- Project Managing
- Business Planning
- Cat wrangling
I’ve loved it. I’ve rejoiced in it. I’ve reveled in the fulfilling challenge of it.
But I’m out of balance. Too much out with not enough in.
It’s not really a big deal … yet. Because I’ve learned to notice “the signs.” (Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Well it kinda is. Just ask those around me… )
At first, I get all cranky… and crabby… and impatient. Then it builds to reactionary … and intolerant … and my hearing gets really sensitive (small noises almost bring me to tears, loud noises make me want to lash out) and my linear thinking & processing skills get caught up in knots. Then it builds to increasing levels of meltdown. Trust me, we don’t want to get to that.
It almost seems too simple to be effective, but time and time again, the antidote to all of that stuff has been to stop outputting and start inputting. (And I don’t mean food, even though that’s where we so often turn first without even thinking about it).
I head to my bookshelf for a word snack, or if I’m really empty, a full course meal of Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, Mary Oliver, Diane Ackerman and Madeleine L’Engle.
I head to my art supplies and immerse myself in color (usually figuratively… though one day I did it literally. Not as appealing as one might think).
I head to my (teeny urban container) garden and drink in the textures of leaves and the simple complexity of ground.
I head to my local coffee shop and soak in the delicious kaleidoscope of conversation, clothing, and comraderie.
I head to Facebook (gasp!) and pick up some laughs and quick interactions and quotes to plant on other peoples’ walls.
Little by little, the input fills my inner empty spaces, and Starla J Grumpypants leaves the building.
Take a look at your output/input scale: where are you today, right now… and is it where you want — and need — to be?
If you’re overly output, bring the important stuff back in. And if you’re overly in-put, we’ll address that in another blog soon. (hint: the answer is expression).
Oh, and the “call me in the morning” part? Contact me for a free sample creativity coaching / writing coaching session — we can get deep into finding and re-finding your input/output balance.