Why Vacation Matters

Our lives are busy.  Whether we are students, employees, business owners, parents or care-givers.  Our lives are full to the brim with commitments and schedules and to-do lists that may never quite get done.  In fact, I think it might have been Jonathan Fields who expressed his realization during an entrepreneurship call that when he looked at the list of tasks that only he could get done, he realized that there weren’t enough hours in the day to get them finished.

The truth is, we all have a lot on our plates.  More, in fact, than we can finish.  And in some ways, there is a freedom in recognizing that.  When we acknowledge that we have more tasks to do than we have time and resources to do them, we make a space where not finishing is not failure.  It is just a fact of life.    And in that space, we make room for vacation.

I don’t know what vacation means to you.  It might mean fabulous travel–cruises and airplanes and foreign countries.  It might mean a tent in the woods, far from the noise of civilization.  It might mean giving yourself permission to just stay home–enjoy that place that is often just a focus of more tasks for the to-do list.  It might mean being surrounded by family–or maybe it means savoring solitude.

Whatever vacation means to you, it doesn’t have to be something with a big price tag attached.  Vacation can happen without any cost at all.  It’s a choice to suspend your time on the hamster wheel–to let go of the to-do list for an hour or a day or a week.  Vacation is the mindset that you deserve a break–and then taking the action to create that break.

By the time you read this, I’ll have been on vacation for a few days.  I hope I come back to you well-rested and ready to give you more to think about.  I hope even more that you create some vacation for yourself.  If you do, let me know about it in the comments!

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