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Getting centered

A few things I’ve been doing to get my life back on track lately:

Waking up before my daughter does. I’ve found this dramatically changes the tone of my day.  I’m no longer waking up in response to something, but on my own terms.  Of course this means sleeping earlier to make a 5:30 or 6am start.

Not going online. I usually check my email/feeds/twitter on my ipod touch as soon as I role out of bed and as I brush my teeth.  Then I’d be loading up the computer as Stellar drinks her milk.  No more.  It’s been hard, but I’ve got to start cutting back somewhere.

Doing nothing productive. Every morning as the tea’s boiling, I’ve began my day by simply watching the sunrise, breathing, and listening to the wind.

Working out again. I’m trying to pick up running, but I don’t know how well my back will hold up on this one.  I might need to read up on how to strengthen other areas before continuing.

Reading. Much more selectively these days.  Besides the scriptures, I’ve been soaking in books on family, creativity, and spirituality.  I think I was on a productivity kick for a bit too long, right now I’m definitely in a season of learning and reimagining .

Question. I’ve been trying to reflect, pray, meditate on a single question each day.  Lately it’s been Why am I hear today? Not as overarching as the reason for my entire existence, but simply today.  Sometimes the answer’s are quite routine and unspectacular, but it’s helped me stay focused on what’s important, if even for a brief moment.

What about you?  Do you have tips on rebooting your life and staying centered  on what matters?

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  • Mike September 4, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Some very good suggestions, this summer I feel like fell out of the boat and have drifted quite a ways. I have drug some people with me, or maybe they drug me. The boat was good, I really felt right there. I need to swim hard to get back. The waters I'm in now seem pretty choppy and of no real benefit to anyone. When thinking about it, a part of me would like to do nothing, when the best parts of me knows that is not the answer.

  • Sam. September 4, 2009, 3:41 pm

    Great thoughts, Lon…thanks for sharing!

  • sarah September 4, 2009, 9:01 pm

    Hi, I was at your event last year, is it happening again this year? I would like to help.

  • lon September 6, 2009, 11:48 am

    I know how you feel. Sometimes I want to change the world, some days I just want to hide in my room. Thanks for commenting Mike!

  • lon September 6, 2009, 11:49 am

    Hey Sarah – thanks so much for checking in. I was planning for one in the fall, but had a few setbacks. But another one will definitely happen at some point, and can use all the help I can get!

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