Why Sometimes You Should Ignore Yourself

I really didn’t want to walk this morning.

I missed yesterday, so I knew I needed to, but I just wasn’t in the mood.

I was tired, it’s cloudy and still muddy from yesterday’s rain, and I just wanted to hang out at my desk with a cup of coffee. I wanted to ignore the voice in my head saying I feel better when I walk and instead listen to the other one which was loudly listing everything I have to do today and asking me to pass the creamer.

So I compromised, I put my shoes on to make a loop around the campground. If I didn’t feel like going any further at least I would have done something. Just as I suspected though, about halfway around the loop my negative voice wandered off and left me alone to keep going.

I very nearly didn’t go though. And if I hadn’t compromised and just gone, even though I didn’t feel like it, I wouldn’t have run up on this awesome little girl on the side of the road.


Say hello to my little friend.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, or if you’re just so smart you’ve picked up on it, but I really love turtles. I think they’re beautiful, fascinating prehistoric creatures. I once had the privilege of watching sea turtles hatch on a Gulf Coast beach under a full moon and it was one of the highlights of that trip for me. I’ve been known on more than one occasion to shut down traffic to shoo a snapper out of the road or move a box turtle. wpid-IMG_20130606_080806_479.jpg

So running up on this one, which I believe was laying eggs in that hole she dug out, made my day. It really is the little things ya know.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I watched her for a good five minutes, taking pictures and sitting really still while she moved around and eyeballed me.

The point is that If I had listened to myself and gotten right to work this morning I would have missed out on seeing something that you don’t get to see every day, unless you live on a turtle farm (do those exist?).

I also cleared my mind, checked out some wild roses blooming, and sorted out the things I have to do today. Even though it seems counterproductive I always get more real work done when I slow down and take a little time. Not busy work, but real work… designing, writing, creating.

Whatever helps you unwind, I suggest you take a few minutes for it today and see the results for yourself. Instead of rushing from one task to the next stop and take some time to do something that makes you feel good. Whether it’s walking, reading, yoga, drinking coffee quietly outside, or zombie paintball, just carve out a little time and do it.

Notice the little things and enjoy them while you let your mind wander. You might not get as excited over a turtle as I do but I’m willing to bet the results will still be worth it.


9 thoughts on “Why Sometimes You Should Ignore Yourself

  1. sophiecussen

    That’s a nice turtle, not something you ever see in my part of the world – wild at least. Well done for ignoring that persistent nagging/dragging side of your brain that keeps us all from moving forward and doing the stuff that’s good for us. I feel like you did, today actually. I know I should exercise but my mojo says no. So I’m ignoring it and just going to do a few pushups – we’ll see what happens after that 😉

  2. anthonyvenable110

    Awesome article!! I have observed a snapping turtle laying eggs so I know its a wonderful experience to witness

  3. Dick Elizer

    You nailed it. A fellow veteran stayed in the roon next to ours last night and I was already in my robe so I didn’t greet him when I saw him get out of his car. This morning as was rushing to leave his wife asked me if I was the guy with the Vietnam Vet decal on my vehicle.When I said yes she said her husband had been up all night hoping to see me.He was fighting some demon memories and wanted to talk. I slowed down and spent an hour with him and it helped us both appreciate this day and we exchanged addresses and phone numbers. I made a friend,made my day so much better and possibly helped ease a brother in arms pain and therefore my own. Still got a good days’ workin too. You are right Ms Turtle, it’s the little things!

  4. livingsimplyfree

    There must be a theme of turtles this week as I stumbled across one myself. We carefully took him back to his home to prevent the possibility he would end up as road kill.

    1. Jim

      As Betty & I were walking the other day, we happened upon a snapping turtle, in the middle of the road. A man out mowing asked what we were looking at, & brought his shovel, to carry him back to the creek behind his house. The Snappy Turtle!


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