I am returning today from summer vacation and there are several lessons gathered during that time:
- I am reminded how invaluable it is to have two consecutive weeks for vacation. Several years ago I “swore” I would protect 2 weeks back-to-back after seeing the value of it, but had missed that rhythm the last couple of years. Here’s why: It takes one week to let go of all the work stuff in my head…and I really don’t start relaxing deeply until the 2nd week.
- There are 3 different types of vacations, and I try to have one of each type every year. (1) Family vacation with kids and/or grand-kids, (2) Couples vacation for our marriage, (3) Personal time off – usually with a friend or two. These past two weeks, I accomplished #1 and #3 and now I am looking to schedule #2.
- Family vacation creates a legacy and is more fulfilling…but it also requires more grace and patience than the other two types. Families have greater intimacy and access…and therefore can ignite each others’ temper faster. We have to work harder to show humility and grace when developing the schedule and organizing the activities.
- Personal priorities become more clear during vacation. I gain confidence about the issues that matter to me and I build certainty about those areas I want to give my life for. Even work and career priorities become crisp and clear.
- Yes, there was a pile of tasks and projects waiting for me when I got back home. But I really am not any further behind that when I left. I am always behind. But – because of the clarity gained during vacation – I am better focused now.
- Even though I am an introvert, I really missed the people I work with. It reminded me how grateful I am to be a part of such an incredible organization.
- Although I agonized about the cost of the trips when they were being planned…I have long forgotten the cost and only dwell on the wonderful memories of the vacation. The money isn’t as big a deal as I thought.
I hope you find these helpful. Any other vacation lessons you would care to share?
Thanks for listening.