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5 Ways to Live on Cruise Control

April 18, 2017

We took a trip to Hurricane, UT last weekend.  (Folks pronounce it Hur-ri-cun - accent on the first syllable.)  We took a beautiful hike and saw a fat rattlesnake.  Yep, I didn't need anymore excitement; but, to spice it up we went to an antique car show. 

Those classic Mustangs, Chevys, Volkswagens - and even older - brought back sweet memories of yesteryear.  Cruisin' Main on a Saturday night and meeting up at the Hi-Hat drive-in or Eugene's Pizza.  Carefree.  What weekend memories do you have?

The tag line on our blog is "living on cruise control".  What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you hear the words "cruise control"?  Hitting the highway for a much-needed vacation?  Traveling at 5 miles over the speed limit, so you don't have to look in the rear view mirror when passing a highway patrolman?  Driving and relaxing at the same time?  Multi-tasking by listening to an audio book?

All of the above, right?  I like feeling relaxed and being able to take my foot off the pedal.  It's also great the car doesn't need extra help from me to shift into gear for climbing hills.  It just happens naturally without interrupting my mystery or historical novel.

Are there days, weeks, or even months you feel out of sorts, a little off balance?  Mama said there would be days like that.  If you feel stressed, are sighing more than usual, or are complaining about not having enough time, consider a lifestyle change!

5 Ways to Live on Cruise Control


1.  Set your speed

When given a choice everyone instinctively knows the pace they would prefer to travel.  If life speeds up past it, stress starts to build.  When things settle down below your internal speed, feelings of restlessness might pop up.  Listen to your heart and mind - they will show you the way.  
  • Pick a pace that keeps you feeling alive and growing without the weight of too many choices.
  • Refrain from comparing your speed to someone else.  It just doesn't end well.   

2.  Dare to dream

Isn't one of the best things about cruise control is being able to let your mind wander while your subconscious kicks in?  When was the last time you did something for YOU?  Do you know where your bucket list is?  Sometimes just having a dream turns ho-hum into woo-hoo! 
  • Make a list of things that make you happy.
  • Make a list of things you do every day.
  • Compare the lists.
  • Adjust accordingly.


3.  Enjoy the view

Too many times we rush through the day forgetting to notice the beauty around us.  When was the last time you watched the sun rise - with both eyes open?  Or listened to the sweet sound of a bird singing?  (Roosters don't count.)  Or sat in peaceful silence?  (Even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom)  Being in control of our life opens up new vistas.  Enjoy them!

  • Stop watering dead plants.  Nurture nature.

4.  Live in the moment

Multi-tasking is out.  Mindfulness is in.

How long can you go without checking phone messages and social media?  In the middle of a task or project, how easy is it to ignore any alerts and pings?  When we think we are multi-tasking, we don't really do more than one thing at a time, but quickly switch between them.  Every time we're interrupted, it takes longer to get back on task.  This is exhausting and drains our brain of the imporant fuel needed for really important things, like work and relationships. 
  • Take a break - every 15 minutes every couple hours
  • Relax in the moment - remember how to breathe
  • Do more dreaming - Pinterest doesn't count
  • Awaken your senses - pause and embrace

5.  Resume speed

On the road of Life there will always be ups and downs, potholes, detours, interruptions, and flat-out dead ends. 

Whenever those events occur try to get back on the road and hit "resume" as soon as possible.  Avoid the temptation to camp out too long.  Things can get pretty smelly if you do. 

Living on cruise control is being in control of your time and choices, recognizing when your heart is happy, and being wise enough to know life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful!  

Thanks for stopping by!  I enjoy good company on the road of Life.


       

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  1. Beautifully said. Good things to think about:)

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