“Vacation used to be a luxury, however in today’s world, it has become a necessity.” –unknown
I just returned from a wonderful, relaxing family vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. What made the vacation so wonderful was just ‘being’ with family and sharing stories and lots of laughter. Although we had some activities planned, most of the time was unscheduled and spontaneous. It was a true vacation as the dictionary defines it: vacation – “freedom, a respite from something, a scheduled period during which activity is suspended, a period of exemption from work.” I had taken some work with me, (thinking I might use the time while flying to and from NC), but I never looked at the materials. My heart wanted the entire vacation experience to be a respite, a time to recharge with no emails, no phone calls, and no work.
I am amazed at how many people take so-called vacations and constantly stay in touch with work. Their mind never gets the rest and quiet it needs, and with out this quiet, the heart and spirit are drowned out. When I was in the corporate world, I remember how often vacations were spoiled by a call from the office. I could be a thousand miles away resting at the beach, and all of a sudden my mind was jerked back into work (and stress) with one phone call. After the call, it was almost impossible to return to the same carefree attitude that I had achieved. And today for most people it is even worse, because they go on vacation with their laptops, business cell phones and pagers; they are never out of touch.
When was the last time you took a true vacation – with no contact with your business or work? What impact is …