Spend More Valuable Time in Your Mental Hobby Shop

Most people have a place that they can go to or an activity that they engage in that allows them to move into a state of peacefulness and tranquility. I refer to that state of being as their Mental Hobby Shop, which will usually help them to exclude all the extraneous pressures and extraneous violations of their individual sovereignty. They can spend time, happily away from exterior societal pressures. Each of us needs to define where our Mental Hobby Shop is located and conscientiously spend more valuable time there.

Here are a few examples of different Hobby Shops

  • Time spent in the garage tinkering with things like bicycles, cars, or motorcycles. Nothing like washing and waxing a motorcycle that will take you into another world.
  • Time spent on a golf course, tennis court, or workout facility.
  • Time spent with individual activities such as painting, scrapbooking, reading a good novel or playing a musical instrument.
  • Time spent with family and pets at a picnic, or outing where life’s daily pressures are minimal, and enjoyment is paramount.
  • Time spent walking on a trail, at a park, or on the beach. Being outdoors has great therapeutic value. Getting close to nature is always rewarding. I have even enjoyed walking in the rain on the beach, with a raincoat on.
  • Riding horses, street bicycles, or mountain bicycles.
  • Camping in a tent or RV with friends and family.
  • Reading books, listening to tapes, or watching videos that reflect positive thoughts rather than anguish, disgust, or pain. No intensive and penetrating inquisition into the search for meaning, or reflections of Armageddon in a historical perspective. Just positive thoughts!
  • Volunteering for various activities that help others without expecting a financial return.

I have my own Mental Hobby Shop.  It consists of 3 activities. 1) Time spent tinkering in my garage, maybe even having a beer, and listening to classic rock and country music in the process. 2) Time spent with my motorcycles whether washing, waxing, checking the tire pressure or riding out on the road, heading for a destination to meet my buddies who belong to the 5-B Club.  5-B stands for bikes, buddies, beer, burgers and BS-ing. This is like being in the movie, Born to Be Wild, only less wild at my age. 3) Walking along the harbor, around the neighborhood, or on the beach. 3 to 4 miles is my goal.  Last week I did 7 miles in one day.  This will give me bragging rights for at least a year. I get sunshine, Vitamin D, exercise, nice breeze, and peace of mind.  After a shower, I feel great.

I would encourage all of you to identify where your Mental Hobby Shop exists and conscientiously spend more time there.  Life will be more rewarding where a state of happiness lives. Happiness creates motivation, stimulates creative thought, and feeds overall physical and emotional health.

The key is to detach from work-related issues, societal pressures, and to stop listening to propaganda. Yes, turn off the toxic tube!

Dan Harkey
Business and Private Money Finance Consultant
Cell 949 533 8315

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