Importance of “A Little Gravel in Your Travel”

Morning everybody. This is kind of an earlier one than normal, because I have time, earlier than normal. So, those of you who are country fans, country music fans will understand the title of this live, which is Put a Little Gravel in Your Travel.

What I really mean by that is we have to be … I was talking with a friend yesterday, and we were talking about the importance of those places that you can go that fill you up, but also relax you. One of the things we have to worry about as we go through life as we’re working hard, as we try to build things, to do things, is whether or not … sorry. We are filling ourselves up. That means taking that time to do that. Now, those of you who are from the city, probably go, “Well, what do you mean gravel?” A little gravel in your travel for me, that means taking a back road. It means taking a little gravel. That means slowing down. Relaxing a little bit, to the point where you’re not just rushing through life, you’re experiencing life. You’re able to stop and smell the roses, so to speak.

I think too many people push through life too fast, too hard, without taking their time to do that. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are times where that hustle is absolutely necessary. That piece of pushing hard, driving hard. I get that. That is important. You’re going to have those times. Those times are … taking advantage of those times is just as important as that time that’s needed to take the back roads a little bit. To put a little bit of that gravel in your travel, if you will.

Here’s the thing. If we don’t take the time to do this. There’s an old saying: You can’t get what you don’t have. That rings true in this situation. It’s if you don’t take the time to do those things and fill you up, your gravel may be a motorcycle ride. It may be spending time with your grandkids. It may be taking time to cook from scratch, a meal. Whatever that is, whatever that looks like. A good book. A simple cup of coffee. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. It doesn’t have to be big. It just has to happen.

That whole piece of balance, life/work/family, all that balance stuff is great. You’re going to have seasons of hustle, though. You have to make sure that you’re doing those things in those seasons of hustle. Taking, even during the season of hustle, taking a small break to fill yourself up to do those things that allow you to keep driving in that season of hustle. You do have to do that.

Guess what? It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re imbalanced, it means that you’re just taking the time. Taking a small break to make sure that you don’t hit that wall. My trainer. He always talks about … like yesterday, we were talking about hitting a wall. He said, “Guess what Scotty? You’ve found the wall again.” I said, “Yeah, you’re right. I did.” When you find that wall and you hit that wall, in life, it’s not fun. It’s hard to recover. It’s healthy that you say it happened. By simply taking a little time in your day to put a little bit of that gravel in your travel, again, whatever that looks like to you. By doing that, that’s going to allow that wall, that wall that you may normally hit to stay just a little bit further away.

That’s just my message for this morning, guys. It’s taking that time, and however fleeting that may be. You know, we just go back from a trip. We’ll be heading back on another trip and my gravel was simply, quite simply put, it was a 20 minute ride on my motorcycle. That was it. That was the good that brought me back in the center. Don’t be afraid to do it, guys. Take that little bit of time, even if it’s just 15 minutes to give yourself the ability and the permission to do something that fills you back up. That centers you back into place, so you can go out into the world.

All right guys. Have a great rest of the day. I’ll talk to y’all soon.