One of the blessings of working for myself and from home, is that I can take some time out during the course of the day.

One of the most therapeutic practices for me is to go for a walk along the river which is only minutes away, another blessing.

Whenever I’m experiencing a mental block, particularly with problem solving or creating something, I have learned that without a shadow of a doubt, a walk along the river will do the trick.

By the time I’m home a few minutes later, the solution will be there in my head.

Interestingly enough, I found out this is actually a “thing” the other day. I stumbled across an article that advocates going for a walk when you need inspiration. I thought it was just one of my quirks!

As beneficial as this is though, it’s not always easy to do. You see, my mind keeps telling me ” You should be working, stay in your office you lazy c$%&!

It has, until recently, taken a great deal of effort for me to get out the door.

Today was one of those days, but my gut won out. I just felt an instinctive need to go for a walk.

As I walked towards the jetty I saw a bloke fishing at the end of it.

This is usually my spot for standing and getting inspiration so I walked on over to him.

I said hello and asked if high tide was a good time to be fishing.

John, as we’ll call him, said “No, not at all”.

“Ok….” I queried “so why are you fishing here now?”.

He replied “I’ve come to clear my head…”

“I like to come here for that reason too” I told him

He continued “My brother passed away two days ago, I needed to get out of the house”

It wasn’t what I had expected to hear but I knew now why I had gone for a walk

I expressed my condolences and we talked for a while. He gave me some fishing tips , I asked if he fishes with his kids. He said he is divorced and doesn’t get to see them. I told him I was sorry to hear that.

Then my 80yr old neighbour spotted me and came on to the jetty and struck up a conversation

John packed up his gear and started to leave.

As he passed me , he stuck out his hand, looked me in the eye and said “Thank you brother”

Once again, my gut had known best

About David Mazzotti

David Mazzotti is a certified Life Coach and owner of Brighter Path. He is a "Life Transition Specialist" helping people navigate life transitions to create a life for themselves that is fulfilling, meaningful and fun