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Retreats offer chance to recharge and refocus

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. September 21, 2011

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While updating a presentation on health and wellness, I was intrigued by the history of a charismatic, iconic rock-and-roll band that defined a genre of music for 30 years.

The band consisted of a lead guitarist, a rhythm guitarist, a keyboardist and a percussionist. Their touring schedule was absolutely daunting with hundreds of concerts a year punctuated by punishing travel.

Now what can we possibly learn from a group of rockers? Well, there was an important takeaway for me. These musicians would typically tour for eight to 10 weeks at a time. But before striking out on these arduous journeys, they would isolate themselves in an obscure part of the world to rehearse, reconnect with families and prepare for the upcoming tour. There were occasions throughout their careers when they cut back on these "musical retreats," and the results were absolutely, predictably disastrous. They lost focus. They bickered among themselves, and their music suffered.

So when you're faced with a demanding project or a series of challenges, take a page from this band's book. You need time alone. You need time to focus. You need time to recharge your batteries.

Anything else we can learn from the world of the musician?


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Sept. 21, 2011