Motivational Speaker Heeds Dave Brubeck Advice: TAKE FIVE!

In my work as a motivational speaker, I do a lot of events for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheons. Because heart disease is the number one killer of women, and since stress in a HUGE contributing factor to cardio vascular disease, I share with my audiences the importance of reducing stress in their lives by (and here comes the BIG concept!) putting themselves first sometimes!  By taking a few moments each day to RELAX and chill out!

You should see the anxiety that crosses women’s faces when I make this suggestion.  Oh, they all nod and agree and say that they SHOULD do that, but I know first hand how hard it is to actually DO it!

So today, as I tried to juggle 15 different tasks – did NONE of them really well and actually FORGOT an appointment at the doctor’s office in the process, I heard myself saying, “I just can’t focus!”  At that very moment I was reminded of a song performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that I have loved since the early 60’s.  It’s a song called Take Five from the album, Time Out.

I have just returned from a little time out where I took five.  I actually took ten.  That’s me in that hammock in my backyard swaying in the breeze, breathing deeply and relaxing. That’s all. No simultaneous texting, making mental lists of what needs to be done today, feeling guilty.  Nothing.  Just me, the hammock, the breeze and a few doggies.

And what’s the result of that time out?  I FEEL GREAT!  I feel like I had a mini vacation and have returned MUCH more focused and relaxed.  I feel my productivity level going up as I type.

Here’s my challenge to you.  Go take five.  Right now.  Get up, walk around, step outside, swing from the chandeliers – do something that takes your body and your mind on a mini vacation. You’ll be glad you did.

Hey.  Why are you still sitting there?

From your oh-so-mell0w motivational speaker, Linda Larsen

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  1. Ah, thank you Linda! As I wrote down number 17 on my “To Do Today List” and felt my body tightening up, I thought about this blog entry – I read it last night.

    I just took 5 … you’re right … I’m glad I did! The affect this had on me this morning truly is quite remarkable. Looking at my “To Do Today List” with a fresh set of eyes … I whittled it down to 1 item “Go find a bunch of things to be grateful for.”

    Thanks Linda, I’m off…

  2. I am with you Linda! And I have been fortunate enough to always take time for myself – even when I think it might seem lazy to other mothers – I cherished those moments I stopped everything to take a nap with my son. When I close the computer and pour a hot cup of coffee and look for a funny show to watch. When I say no to the festivities at a conference, and head up to my room for a face mask, another cup of coffee, and cuddling up in a nice fuzzy hotel room bed. As a motivational speaker, my mantra is that you can’t fill others up if you are running on empty yourself. Thanks for the reminder. Now I need to figure out what to do with this addiction to caffeine!

  3. You’re so right! My “to-do” list NEVER mentions taking a 5 minute break. Maybe I’ll start writing that down along with the other tasks so I will remember to do it . Ooh! And then I can do my favorite thing and cross it off my list!! Loving the reminder, thank you Linda!

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