NPW Self Curious: Come out and play!

We all have a favourite season. Right now it’s mine. The beauty of the autumn morning light for me is one of life’s extraordinary experiences. Whether it’s the misty sunrise from my morning train into the city or being wrapped up for a walk or jog through crunchy leaves while breathing in cool air, I just love it. It makes me feel alive in a matter of moments. (Almost quicker than a sip of black coffee!)

I am lucky to live and work near green spaces, and wherever you’re reading this, I urge you – like an airline steward – to consider where your nearest exit is. Where is your nearest green space where the air is clear and you the sound of traffic is that bit further away… or non-existent, if you are very lucky.

Making time to step outside is a powerful symbol. We change our physical state by being warmer or colder, by breathing fresh air instead of air that’s been conditioned to be a standard temperature. We change our visual state by taking away the ceiling or the roof. The sky feels infinitely far away. We also change our social state by putting ourselves outside a room or a building.

Anything could happen.

When we step outside, so many things stop being important. We may not hear the phone. We don’t catch our reflection in the mirror or in the faces of people we know.

It puts us in our context as a tiny part of an amazing planet, and it puts us in the context of a longer time – the day as defined by sunlight, the seasons, the years that we’ve sat in that space at this time of year.

It put us in a totally different world of experience, and shows us that things can be different in a mind-blowingly diverse array of different ways. It can also show us a constant. We all have a spot we like to sit, and while the weather and the colour of the leaves and the birds that visit may change, our spot is still there for us to visit, to sit, to be.

And that, my friends, is a powerful reset button. For this hour, for this day, for this year – lovely people, even for your whole life. Anything could happen.

Whatever crazy way the weather is today, the quality of the light and the taste of the air: it will only be this way right now.

Go out and meet it, and see where it will take you.

Claire Eadington geeks out on workflow management, performance and wellbeing. Claire’s TEDx talk about barriers to performance for exceptional women kicked off the 2017 TEDxWhitehallWomen event in London.

Claire writes a weekly blog, Self Curious, on NPW’s website.
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