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Rejuvenate. Monday January 23, 2017

What a gorgeous word! What a wonderful experience!! What a glorious feeling!!!

Here's how Visual Thesaurus describes 'Rejuvenate':

- restore strength
- undergo regeneration
- undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
- become young again
- return to life; get or give new life or energy
- make younger or more youthful
- provide the needed stimulus for
- develop youthful topographical features (I like this!)

I'm a fan of four streams of wisdom around Time Management. One of the four is Dan Sullivan's approach for Entrepreneurs. In his Entrepreneurial Time System, he recommends just three types of days:

- Focus Days
- Buffer Days
- Free Days

Today I'm focussing on the Free Days. These days, says, Dan, are for rejuvenation. Look at the way Visual Thesaurus describes this beautiful word. I'm feeling energised just reading the descriptions!

Lady Penelope (my partner) and I have a slightly skewed rhythm to our week as she works on Sunday. This makes Friday and Saturday our weekend, but I often work on a Friday! Dan's system suggests that you always 'pay back' a Free Day if you have to flex for any reason. Fortunately, Lady P is also off on Wednesday each week. This week we had Wednesday as our Free day. On it, we visited Moors Valley Country Park and Forest.

Would you let me enthuse? This is a pine forest with apparatus for the children to climb, clamber upon and explore! There are running tracks and other stuff for adults, but I was attracted to the 'crocodile' and other climbing opportunities for kids...

...and I became a child again for a few precious moments.

You may or may not have your 'older' self present in your consciousness, but you most certainly do still have your inner-six-year-old! I wonder if 'Rejuvenation' includes giving that inner-six-year-old time to play again?

Not only did I become a child again, I also became a Mohican! I deliberately chose a path less trodden between the trunks of the pine trees. All of a sudden, I was a Native American Indian, hunting in the forest. It was a glorious jaunt for my imagination!

The result was that I was energised, refreshed, cheered-up, and left feeling young again!

In fact, I felt 'adventurous'...

I was rejuvenated.

May I invite your inner-six-year-old out to play this weekend? I promise you'll feel rejuvenated and energised to make the most of the coming week! You may even become as adventurous as a Mohican!

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LP Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 7:14am

Morning Lex :)
I feel rejuvinated just by reading your blog! In fact you're right about the word, as soon as I saw the title of your blog I was lifted!
I love the idea of alowing myself the time to play and a day not just for rest but for rejuvination!
Thank uou for such annuplifting blog Lex! LP :) xx

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 7:49am

Morning lovely LP... Yes! I was wondering about a list of words that do that. Rejuvenate, Love, Kindness, Lovingkindness, Joy, Peace, Inspiration... all should be tattooed on our hearts! xx

Eva Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 7:44am

Hi Lex, great blog, I'm going to take this seriously, I've been focusing on down time or social time on our days off, but I think I need to work in nature time!

Just a shout out to bear, hope you are OK, raising a paw to you.

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 7:54am

Hopefully bear will be off playing in the woods, Eva. We've got freezing fog here today... ...and it is beautiful (even if dangerous). May you create that Nature time to rejuvenate! If you're looking for me, I'll be running between the pines...

Eva Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 8:12am

Aeyeeyaeyeeyaa paa paa paa... Thanks for the lumberjack Lex, fun times!

Mary Wednesday Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 7:57am

I will wave a paw to bear too.
Rejuvenating indeed Lex. I shall think of the freezing fog veiling the delicateam branches of the trees in mystery

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 11:05am

...ah, the writer... x

Mary Wednesday Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 7:58am

And.... add comment got pushed by accident. I was going to add that it will make completing the tax return so much easier!

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 11:05am

...Amen, to that! x

Orangeblossom Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 8:28am

Thanks Lex for blog and all for the responses which I enjoyed reading. I have a chilled out week before the busy time begins. Looking forward to hearing from you next week. Hope each of you has a rejuvenating week. Been reading Regeneration by Pat Barker which I love. Can I recommend it to you.

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 11:08am

Recommendation gratefully received, dear Orangeblossom! Thank you!

Leah Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 8:44am

I feel the energy in your blog.
I was very serious 6 year old well for most of my childhood. !
Now as an adult my children tell me to behave like one!
I work 7 days so I can't follow the time management plan.
Thanks again for sharing your enthusiasm.

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 11:14am

Hi Leah... didn't consider the 'serious' 6 year old. Great point. I'm pretty sure I was a serious 6 year old too, so we'll just have to use our imagination and pretend. Worked for me! As for Dan's time management system, it's almost impossible for anyone other than a successful entrepreneur - so I just take on board the principle of uninterrupted time. An hour without the internet or the phone is still bliss. Maybe it's just like Jill Murphy's "Five Minutes Peace"?

Jul Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 9:03am

Good morning Lex from a very foggy place too. Not my brain this time though. Your blog was enough to rejuvenate me! I don't know how you do it. Do you set about to lift our spirits and does it come naturally? I like the returning to younger or more youthful very much. Free days can so often be wasted by opting to do the same old thing. Or even if one does something different, the same eyes and thoughts view the place. You have made me decide to go somewhere maybe familiar but look at it with different eye next time. Jules xx

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 11:19am

On with your child-like spectacles, Jules! On a serious note, the rejuvenation was particularly powerful because the rest of my life isn't in a happy place. It was the stark contrast that really made the magic happen... therefore, I wish you the same magic! xx

Sally Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 9:07am

Thank you for starting off this foggy Monday with some zest, Lex. I can positively FEEL your energy! Rejuvenate IS a delicious word, much used in the cosmetics industry! Your Free Days sound just the ticket!
An inspiring blog

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 11:21am

Thanks Sally... yes, I think I'll start collecting delicious words... and add 'zest' to my list! Thank you for that! May you have a zest for life today!

traveller Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 10:36am

always love your comments haven't posted on moodscope for a long but been a member since 2012. posted again today.

Lex Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 11:23am

'Traveller' - what a wonderful name to choose. Thank you for stopping by to post - it's good to know you're with us and for such a long journey. We look forward to you posting whenever you want to.

Frank by the Quayside Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 1:05pm

Great timing as always Lex. trying to find ways to kick my ass and feel energised for the week ahead. Your blog has done that and already I have caught up with the emails I needed to send at work. My bowls schedule is now in place and I have checked some financial stuff out which needed doing in order to remain calm when talking to the tax office about the inefficient systems and crazy attitude toward us normal folk who are trying to make an honest living. Now full of beans I going for a carvery with my daughter and back to work this afternoon.

Lex Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 7:40am

Frank by the Quayside, thou shalt be renamed, "Super Frank by the Quayside"! What an awesome activity list! I trust the carver with your daughter was wonderful.

Frank by the Quayside Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 10:28am

ha ha Lex thank you. The Carvery was delicious and so long as we dont have them too often they taste great. Luckily the one we go to is a good one with a kind chef who serves up plenty, even the fat off the beef mmmm naughty.

The Gardener Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 1:21pm

Lovely start to the morning Lex. Now afternoon and a titanic struggle for what will win out. I have been getting more and more bitter - as Mr G gets worse I harp on the awful moments of our life together. Then I read your blog - a shaft of sunshine. Silly picnics my forte - a warm night, carrying all the appurtenances for a grand banquet to a picnic table by a 12th century bridge - with a salmon race for the grand-children to jump into. My 70th birthday, dancing in the fountains in the Andre Citroen gardens in Paris, drinking champagne on the banks of the Seine in the shadow of Notre Dame. Impromptu parties - jiving to a battery driven gramophone with tractor headlamps the only lighting. Building a harbour, in February, in the freezing Meditarrean with a grand-son - till his superior sister appeared to point out that we had forgotten an entrance for the boats. The morning has been full - left over domesticity from when I was ill last week - roofers turning up and not able to access the roof - the car in the way is obviously abandoned, so have to go to the police. Blogs like yours, Lex, are my life-belts - forcing me to search out what is good and act upon it. Thank you. Rejuvenation? Well, when it stops being so b****y cold, gardening! THE rejuvenator.

Jane Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 8:43pm

Hi TG, I just wanted to say how I love your descriptions of pass celebrations, they sound wonderful.

Lex Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 7:43am

This is magic, dear Gardener, pure magic. Your descriptions transport me into a world of adventures. Spring and the Garden will beckon soon too...

Lex Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 7:47am

p.s. thank you for "appurtenances" - a new word for me. I shall add it to my recent friend, "accoutrements" - my school wasn't big on words as rich as these. Mind you, I did create my own neologism last week: memification - to purposefully make something memorable.

Lex Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 7:47am

...except it was mnemification. I forgot.

g Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 1:37pm

This is the best ad I have ever read and Moors Valley Country Park and Forest should pay you a big fee as I have already been checking how to get there . Rejuvenation ? Yes please ! Right now ! Thank you . Magic . As always from you.

Lex Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 7:49am

...and to think I'd avoided going there for the 18 years I've been in Dorset! Thanks, g... and I hope you find it magical too. Just in case you are like me, and don't like crowds, we went in the week, and it was, of course, Winter. I understand it gets rather crazy in season and at weekends - as indeed it should!

g Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 1:38pm

the above should have ended with your name Lex - sorry.

Maria Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 5:04pm

Thank you Lex - Your enthusiasm is contagious! Aaah to run through the woods like a Mohican...or soar like a bird on the swings!

Lex Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 7:51am

That was well clever, Maria - "or soar like a bird on the swings!" I love that. Shall we play Indians?

Jane Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 @ 8:40pm

This made me smile Lex thank you. I've had an extremely stressful and overwhelming day, and my week is set to be much the same. I'm tucked up in bed with a teddy bear and some candles (safely lit!)

Lex Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 7:53am

Sounds like a beautiful 'Sanctuary' to me, Jane. We have a large many bears - mainly of the 'Collector' variety. However, my magic bear is called, "Beddy Bear." He's pretty old and very 'loved' - the type that can go in the microwave. Haven't had the heart to do that to him in a long time but the weight is just right to snuggle into. I understand bear comfort and I love candles. Trusting the magic is working...

Lacey Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 1:28am

Lots of responses for you Lex..great blog!
I act my shoe size (3) often and last weekend I went on a retreat in Norfolk,it was ? amazing.Cold and frosty for the silent walk first thing,very warm inside-80 degrees + and the most amazing vegan food.I love veggies now I know how to serve them,so inspired!
The company is Satvada and I can't wait to go again next year,it sorted Jan out for me good and proper...
Next time I'll be with the kids doing face painting and potato stencils etc
Until then keep rejuvenating,I will!
Cheers to all
Think I might do a Moodscope blog about my relaxation in the countryside ??

Lex Tue, Jan 24th 2017 @ 7:57am

Please blog! Please Blog!! Pleeeeeeeeze Blog!!! (That was my inner child, in case you didn't notice!!!) I wondered about the shoe size - I love that thought (but then I remembered being in Moshulu at the weekend and they had all this silly big numbers like 37. I don't want to be 37! We'll have to make sure our friends around the world know about good old fashioned Brit sizes. I'm 9.5 - the sort of age I'd be proud of as a child! Very specific!

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