When I was working at my desk today, all of a sudden, various programs on my computer just started shutting down. After my initial alarm, I had the vague memory of pressing a button on the reminder that “Updates need to be installed.”
Had I just pressed “Start in an hour” rather than my usual, “Remind me tomorrow”?
I decided I had been working for a while and could use a break anyway, so I saved my open document, closed my open programs, and let the computer restart.
Humans and machines might not be so different. Especially when we treat ourselves as hyperproductive work machines.
I’m as guilty as anyone at this and am continuously working on remembering what it means to be human. What it means to just be, beyond the striving and doing and dreaming. It’s hard.
So I try to notice when I start to go into shutdown mode like my computer did this morning. As I hit that point last Friday, I tried something new.
It was 11am and I had just run out of steam. My week had been long and hard, and though joyful and exciting, it was also exhausting.
Do you ever have those moments where you just feel like everything is shutting down?
I had just been hit with the need to redesign a program I’ve worked on for almost two years.. Finally recognizing that changes needed to be made, I felt the weight of the work ahead. Though I could see that changes were necessary, I wasn’t sure what those changes were yet.
So I gave in to the weight of more decisions along with the reframing and rearranging that will follow.I released a previous vision that just didn’t fit anymore. This wasn’t just a metaphorical giving in—I also let my body give in physically.
I layed down on the floor.
For a go-go-go type of person, just laying on the floor in the middle of the day is somewhat revolutionary. And the longer I layed, the more natural it felt. My mind started to unravel (in a good way, too).
It felt as though assuming the physical posture of letting go, giving in to gravity, feeling the support of the floor, and just gazing out the window was all I needed to recharge.
I probably only stayed there a few minutes, and I even ended up making some phone calls from the floor ( ... I might consider this a floor meeting).
Here is my video message from the floor:
So the next time you feel like there is just too much going on, or you are not sure where to go next—get out of your seat, get onto the floor, and see what happens.
Let us know how it goes! Leave us a comment on why you got on the floor and what you got out of it. Bonus points if you write to us from the floor. Let’s see what we can make happen from the ground up.