Last week I bought myself a sticker book (yes, an adult sticker book!), and I’ve been “stickering” most nights.
It’s kind of addictive.
You peel off the sticker, place it in the right spot, and a picture forms.
I love it! It’s so much fun.
But the thing is, it seems totally pointless.
I can see my husband looking at me: “You just... put the stickers on the page... and then you’re done? What do you do with it afterwards?”
Well, you could frame the image, and put it on your wall.
(But to be honest, they’re not that good!)
I felt kind of weird when I first started - I was aware of how pointless it seemed as an activity.
I mean, I’m not exercising my body, or my brain, or interacting with people.
I’m just peeling, and sticking!
And then I realized...
While I was stickering, my breathing had slowed.
Ideas had started popping into my head.
My brain was sending me solutions for issues I’d been trying to solve.
And whaddya know!
There doesn’t have to be an obvious point to everything you do.
There doesn’t always have to be a clear result...
There is no seemingly useful point to my sticker book.
At the end of it, I’ll have some empty pages, and some odd-looking pictures :)
But it gives me time out. It calms me down.
It gets me to focus on the thing right in front of me.
(For those of you who like technical speak, I’m completely in “flow”!)
And I realized I’d been missing that in my life. What with the baby, and my business, I’d been lacking flow in my life: enjoyment, for enjoyment’s sake.
Let's get more flow...
It’s funny that when we’re kids, it’s okay to stick random stickers in a book, or make a scrapbook full of candy wrappers, or have a secret club.
But when we become adults, we only want to focus on PRODUCTIVITY, and DOING MORE, and GETTING RESULTS!
Which is kind of boring, when you think about it :)
So do something your younger self would love.
Find a way to get in flow.
Be creative (even if you don’t think of yourself as creative).
Hell, buy a sticker book and sticker with me!
Society tells us to live a certain way, and do certain things. I say: screw it, let’s live how we want :)
Speaking of pointless/non-pointless...
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Here's to stickering, color-by-numbers, and perfecting the cat’s cradle ;)
PS - The ironic thing about flow is that it helps with productivity and getting things done ;)