what i learned from my summer vacation

“rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time” sir john lubbock

on the way to our summer vacation, i read this quote in a magazine and i thought, perfect timing. it is hard to slow down. if it isn’t a fire at work, it’s home obligations, it is the never ending “to do” list and you feel so guilty for sitting down even for a minute and not crossing off the items; but, you know we need to pause sometimes; our bodies and our minds need to stop and recharge. plus the list is never going to get completely crossed off because there will be new items to add to that list

we went to mexico for our summer vacation; we had never done anything like that before and i was forced to unplug. it was beautiful. sleeping late, taking afternoon naps, eating late meals; things i never allow myself to do at home.

but i learned a few things too. first when i come home from work, i need to turn off the cell phone. whatever it is can wait. i don’t need to see emails, or check facebook, i need to recharge. second, coming home and visiting with neighbors or just reading a book in the backyard can help me recharge. now i’m not naive enough to think i can recreate a vacation to mexico by making these few changes but it can help. besides, are we going to remember the list that never got completely done or times we spent with friends and family.

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