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Are You Celebrating World Sauntering Day?

Did you know that June 19th is World Sauntering Day? The Public Speaker explains how to stop the glorification of busy and love the life you have today by changing the way you communicate with yourself.  

By
Lisa B. Marshall,
June 20, 2014
Episode #255

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Saunter. I love this word. Saunter means to walk at a leisurely gait. To stroll. It shares a definition with words like amble, ramble, and meander. These words remind us to slow down and enjoy life.

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As the Public Speaker, communication is my area of expertise and usually on this show I talk about better ways to communicate with other people. However, today I'd like to talk about something different.  I'd like to talk about communicating with ourselves.  In order to be successful, it is equally important to consider the messages we communicate to ourselves as it is the messages we convey to others. 

So today, on World Sauntering Day, I'd like to encourage you to make time to communicate with yourself. Go for a walk, read a book, or write in a journal.  While you’re at it, consider these two important life messages:

Message #1: Stop Glorifying Busyness

You may have seen this phrase making the rounds on social media lately:

 “Let’s stop the glorification of busy.”

The phrase has been around for a while, but it seems to be gaining popularity. This is probably because we can all relate to it.

Author and blogger Guy Kawasaki wrote this in a review of Arianna Huffington’s new book Thrive:

"Our two main metrics for success are money and power, and they drive us to work longer hours, sleep with our phones and tablets, miss important moments with our families, and impacts our health. Arianna proposes a third metric for success: thriving. When you thrive, you take care of your health, get enough sleep, and do not live to work."

Think about how many conversations turn to how busy we are, how tired we are, how we have no time for ourselves. Even from a purely physical point of view, a lack of sleep increases stress levels, increases anxiety and depression, can cause poor food choices, and weight gain.  For me the bottom line is that when I am overtired, I'm not operating at my greated potential and it definately gets in the way of my success.  

So I am suggesting that today, on World Sauntering day, we spend some time reevaluating our priorities. Are there things you could let go that would give you more free time to recharge?

Message #2: Love the Life You Have Now

It’s OK to look forward to a better life. You can and should work toward improving your situation. But remember to appreciate and really love the life you currently have.  The life you have now has served you well and has made you who you are.

Author and blogger Jen Merrill says a friend made her a challenge on a Facebook post last year, reminding her to spend more time focusing on the positive after she posted a message about losing her creativity:

“Your muse, mojo, and sanity will return when the happy effects of positive are dwelled upon longer than the negative. I hereby dare you to three, yes. THREE positive and happy things everyday (EVERYDAY) through the month of June. Everyday, Henny Penny, you must share three positives that have occurred and have brought you joy.”

Merrill decided to take what she coined the Henny Penny Challenge for a month. (Of course, Henny Penny is a reference to the Chicken Litle folk tale).  The improvements in her outlook prompted her to keep going – for a full year! While finding the three best points of a day can be a struggle, Merrill wrote that the changes she’s felt have made it worth it. She posted this recap on her blog:

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