It’s been 43 days since I last created and published content.
This has been weighing on my mind and quite frankly, stressing me out.
Until…I read a recent email from Casey Lewis. In the email you can read here, he writes:
So about 6 months ago I realized that I could press pause, take care of me and my family, and come back to press play when the time felt right. I could come back to writing and creating new content.
This was important to me because I have a tremendous amount of respect for Casey Lewis. For those of you who don’t know, Casey Lewis is a self-proclaimed “Author, Speaker, Podcaster, Realtor, Financial Coach and Amateur Adventurer.”
Casey Lewis and I first crossed paths a few years ago as we took part in something called “The Start Experiment” – which you can read more about in this great Huffington Post article here. I was a part of Group 39 – a bunch of people who didn’t really know what we were doing, but we knew that we were doing *something.* This was such a great experience and if you’re curious about why…feel free to comment below or email me questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the 43 days with no content creation, it has also been about 6 months of hiatus from social media. Well – that’s not entirely true. It’s been about a six month hiatus from Facebook as a personal user. I still am active in the management of four different Facebook pages for various local businesses and organizations. I’ve received some feedback on my lack of presence on Facebook in this way, both positive and negative. It’s been something I’ve thought about a lot lately.
Deliberate Living Systems was created with a grand vision to help people create a systematic approach to living a healthy, positive, and beneficial life. It’s been an rough and interesting road over the past three years, ultimately leading to a (another) sort of burnout around six months ago – much like Casey Lewis wrote in his blog post here. If you haven’t picked up on it – I am a big fan of the work of Casey and have even hired him for some financial counseling last year. Definitely check him out.
His discussion of burnout and taking a break from content creation resonated so deeply with me – largely because the quality of friendships and relationships formed over the past three years since the inception of Deliberate Living Systems, LLC has been of the highest quality. In the development and implementation of my own Deliberate Living System, I have been blessed to have met and befriended people of the highest quality and character. That’s right. I’m talking about you.
You are one of the reasons that the 43 days passing with no content creation was stressing me out. You are one of the reasons that my Facebook hiatus is something that I regularly think about. You are part of the reason why I’m taking the time to write these words, because for everyone one of “you” that’s reading these words, there are at least a few more of us that are out there, that *aren’t* reading these words. As previously stated, the grand vision was to help people live deliberately.
An integral part of my life involves a multi-faceted career in the green industry. One of these facets has been farming, primarily tree farms and wholesale nurseries. Recently, as I’ve begun to develop and create a Deliberate Living System – I became enamored with small-acre intensive market farming and permaculture. Over the past three years, I’ve worked to integrate market farming and permaculture into my life in addition to full-time employment at a wholesale nursery and tree farm.
To make a long story short, I went through a sort of burnout earlier in the year – part of the reason for taking a brief hiatus from Facebook. Also, I went from creating content weekly to bi-weekly. I paid attention to the format of the email, making a deliberate change to the ease of readability, keeping longer content on the blog posts (while still attempting to keep blog posts small and bite sized (around 500 words) for easy reading, something I will far exceed with all of this drivel today).
While actively farming on several different levels and working long hours on other various pursuits, my farming exploration led me to the works and teachings of Masanobu Fukuoka, who wrote: “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” Ideas such as this, and improving the quality of life became paramount to the ideas and methods one incorporates into the development and creation of one’s own Deliberate Living Sysem. That was it.
I needed a break. I needed to work on cultivating my soul. I felt beaten down. Retreating for a period of time has been refreshing. It’s allowed me to further connect with people who will more directly impact my life and given me the opportunity to connect with others in an effort to positively impact their lives! Over the past 6 months and ultimately, over the past 43 days, I’ve engaged in periods of living and experiencing life in the way it should be experienced. Real-time, as a human. Live action.
Casey’s words encouraged me that it *is* possible to pick up where we left off. Not only is it *possible* it is *critical* to do this. Our work is never done. Sometimes we need to take a break, just so we know where to pick up when we come back to it. We never stop working, we simply reevaluate. In blog posts in the past, we’ve talked about the ability to adapt, improvise, and overcome. That’s no different here. 43 hours, 43 days, or 43 weeks, in whatever you do just pick up where you left off.
Don’t think about how much you suck that you’ve let this amount of time pass before doing (x), just focus on the fact that best thing you can do is take corrective action for that which you have or have not done and that time is NOW. Stop reading. START. These words and the words of others will always be there for reference at a later date and time. Embrace the #hustle
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s get back to writing…