The letdown after a big event or traveling can be big. That’s why it is important to be able to slow down and take time for recovery before getting back into things. Once again time is the biggest challenge for most here, so here are a few things you can do to ease your return after a big event.

Reflect on your experiences – If you aren’t too tired from the experience itself, take time to reflect on what happened.

Return to your life with the new habits you have formed – day 1 has to start sometime. Although my marathon was yesterday and my legs are sore, I might want to start something new that doesn’t involve intense leg workouts but utilizes the habits of training for a marathon.

Relax in a refreshing way – Sometimes the best way to relax is by having a media blackout day, or taking time to just sit. Turn off the noise and find a park if the weather is good. Relax in a way that you aren’t used to and you will feel refreshed.

The better you relax and recuperate, the more likely you will have success in your next endeavor.

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” – Nelson Mandela

Phrase of the Day:  I have everything I need in life -吾唯足知 – われただたるをしるwaretadataruwoshiru

Tsukubi at Ryoan-ji in Kyoto
In combination with 口 (kuchi) the characters 五 隹 龰 矢 become 吾, 唯, 足, 知. This is read as “ware tada tare o shiru” and translates literally as “I only know plenty” (吾 = ware = I, 唯 = tada = only, 足 = tare = plenty, 知 = shiru = know). The meaning of the phrase is that “what one has is all one needs”, expressing the anti-materialistic teachings of buddhism.

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  1. “Every Step is a treasure; it’s not only the race; not limited by the time and effort spent training; nor the afterglow nor the endorphin high; not only ‘the recovery’ bathed in accomplishment of running or walking 26.2 miles; but each step represents a micro-marathon of E-MOTION.” Time marches forward as a methodical time-piece where REST is defined by that brief moment between Every Step! by Michael Baumann, OD

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