Today, I am writing our weekly inspiration from a guest farm, deep in the Waterberg mountains, at the northern reaches of South Africa. A land steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, taking some time out has been a real blessing. It made me realise how the past year has disrupted not only our physical movements and social interactions, but our rhythms of reflection, rest and recovery.
This place seems to offer the best of both worlds – a secluded space from the rushed city life yet with its own social spot, a short walking distance away (reserved for fellow cyclists, who are on a weekend-long skills training out here). It provides a place of silence with the occasional interruptions of nature (birds in particular), and it is a wonderful place to switch off, yet having broadband connection when needed, as some of my fellow team members found, we’re just an arms’ reach away.
Most importantly, it made me think of how, in taking time out, in re-introducing ourselves to the cycles of rest and rejuvenation, we also take time in. As we take time for ourselves, how easily we can re-connect with our creativity, and within the silence that surrounds us, we recognise where new ideas rest. How much does the natural world offer us, if we just take notice?
To Ankit’s conversation with me a while back (our featured podcast episode this week), it is an education – and we are indeed on the cusp of bold, new opportunities in our life-long education, which would make our traditional systems of acquiring skills, seem a far-away, outdated memory…a conversation worth listening to.
I hope you can see the opportunity to take time in.
Have a good and restful weekend everyone!