I have a guest article up over at About’s Freelance Writing site. Thanks, Allena!
I had a shaky re-entry yesterday, first with clearing up an invoice problem that apparently never existed (long, boring story involving incompetence somewhere else), then with a quick turn-around on a new client project, which I hope is what they’re looking for. Hard to tell, as I’ve not met them personally and I have just a few lines of instruction on what it is they’re looking for. Fingers crossed. It’s tough to create targeted content on that and a few hours of sleep, but I tried.
I have a client meeting this morning, so I’m out the door again.Then we’re driving back to see my family – there’s another 10 hours of travel on a tired body. But it will be great to see everyone.
As I lazed around on the patios and sitting rooms at B&Bs and in-laws’ homes, I had a chance to figure out a few key things learned from the great outdoors. Maybe it was the sun, the dehydration, or even the time change, but this is what I think Nature has taught me:
Slow down. Not all business or connections made happen in rapid-fire fashion. Some of the more enjoyable times in my life have netted me close relationships and equally close business partnerships.
Let go. Spending time without adequate Internet connection has made me realize that business is important to survival, but it’s in letting go of the stress that real creativity begins. Once again, poems came pouring out of me absent the stresses of clients and payments.
Be alert to obstacles or danger. I heeded the warnings about rattlesnakes and javelinas (big angry piglike mammals), and realized that even the most innocuous setting can change rapidly if I’m not looking a little farther down the path. Eyes ahead helped in more than one case, and assessing the path before walking ahead saved a few turned ankles.
Plunge in. At the start of our hike through a canyon, I tried crossing the cold stream with my shoes off to keep them dry. Then I realized the entire trip was going to be in and out of the water. The shoe went back on and I forged ahead. The trip was much sweeter and my feet were spared the dancing around sharp thorns and rocks. Same for the career – taking the same chances has taken me to some great places.
Not all birds are identical. His quest to see every LBJ (little brown job) in the southwest was frustrating to this non-birder (I had my meltdown on the third or fourth day), but once my patience was intact, I saw some pretty incredible birds, like a huge flock of sandhill cranes, some harrier hawks, hummingbirds galore, and all sorts of odd little birds I’ve never seen before. Not all projects are the same, either – nor should they be treated so.
The people matter most. My best memories of this vacation were intertwined with the people along the way. In one case, the trip was made thanks to the company we shared. If we had just shown up, slept in, muttered hellos over breakfast and went on, we’d have missed knowing some seriously cool and incredible people.
What does Nature teach you?