My greatest inspiration comes to me when I’m in the shower. It’s like I’m showering myself with great ideas and somehow finding answers to elusive questions. It’s become such a joke in our family that when I’m stuck on the “how” of a situation, my husband will encourage me to “just go take a shower”.
In trying to analyze why the shower has this effect on me, I think it’s because I’m unavailable to the world. For those 15 minutes, cell phones, office lines and email can’t reach me. I’m free to just listen and just be. There’s something magical for me when I stand under the full force of the water and let it rain down on me, blocking out all sound of the external world, lost in a world of warm water cascading over my body. My breathing slows; I relax and release all the things that I’ve been holding onto. From that place of openness, clarity and calm, I am then filled with inspiration. Inevitably, I always come out of the shower with answers and ideas, almost as if Divine Inspiration lives in my shower. (Actually, I think it lives inside me and when I’m in the shower, I’m quiet enough to listen, as in meditation.)
About a month ago I read the the 4-Hour Workweek. (If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend it.) I’m already living the life of my dreams, working from wherever I choose to be, Boulder, the Caribbean, the San Juan islands of the Pacific Northwest, or wherever. And, no matter where our travels take me, I’ve always been accessible via email or through my cell phone.
However, for the first time in years, I’m going to be 100% unavailable next week. My right hand and amazing assistant, Bonnie, will be at the helm of InspireMeToday.com. All IT concerns will be handled by Max (who knows how to solve anything, and I really mean anything). And for those of you that are already wondering, no, I’m not taking a week-long shower. Well, not really, but kinda, I guess. We all know how much it rains here…
On August 29th we’re flying to Nanaimo, Canada on a small float-plane and sailing back to Anacortes, WA on a sailboat named Persuasion. She’s owned by the same good friend who has so graciously allowed us to housesit for him for the past month. I guess you could call a week on a sailboat in this area one very long shower. I’m hoping that the week without distraction will have the same creative effect, even if it’s not quite as warm and hopefully won’t be quite as wet.
We will be totally and completely unreachable until 9/5/08. I will not blog or read your email until that time. Rest assured that Bonnie, Max and the rest of the InspireMeToday.com team will be happy to help you with whatever you may need. If you need immediate assistance please contact Bonnie@inspiremetoday.com or for IT questions, please contact Max@inspiremetoday.com.
Until our return, enjoy your week. Make sure you take a really long hot shower and let me know what brainstorms find you. ☺
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