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The Regular Requirement For Living Leaders

October 18, 2013

What do all leaders NEED?  Well……

  • The average worker sends and receives 190 messages per day*
  • The average person gets 1 interruption every 8 minutes.*
  • In the last 20 years, working time has increased by 15% and leisure time has decreased by 33%.*
  • 78% of workers in America wish they had more time to “smell the roses”.*

No wonder, I woke up early this morning with a word on my mind: RETREATS.  People today need regular retreats!  Leaders need regular retreats.  I need retreats!  I love retreats!  When few of our everyday routines can change us…. retreats still can.

CONSIDER that in today’s flood of instant chat, information and buzz, our souls still long for time to unwind and unhurried moments to think.  Leaders need time away from the battle to both recover as well as to assess the battlefield.  Those in challenging scenarios and strained relationships need to come away and recognize they’re OK, despite it all.

Regular retreats are no longer an option for purposeful living… they’re a necessity.

Sleeping-Lady-Retreat-LocalePersonally, the most life-changing moments and best decisions in my life  emerged NOT because I sat in a classroom, or not even in a church service, not from books or even blogs (sorry), it was through retreats: by definition a withdrawal from the regular patterns of everyday.  Often such intentional living involves time (from one hour to one month or more) in natural places,  staring sessions under the stars, hiking up rocky trails, sitting by streams or just lounging by a campfire until late into the night.

When you retreat, you leave behind the stuff weighing you down, the routines that make life feel routine, the anxiety and fear affecting body, mind soul and relationship.

In a world like this, might there be a genuine need for you intentionally take a purposeful time out?  Yah think?  To get away to a quiet, beautiful, non-artificial and no-interruption place to gain perspective, breathe deeply, and allow the best of us to emerge – time to “consider our ways?”

Proactive retreats do not demonstrate weakness, instead recognition of wisdom and humanness.  Do you think as technology increases – retreat time should also increase?   I think the answer is yes.

*Time Management Facts and Figures by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
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