Sailboats, Lighthouses and Patio Views

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Man, I had a great vacation.  Finally just last night I started unpacking.  Up until this morning my car had smelled like the beach every time I got in.  I guess now it’s time to vacuum all the sand out of the back so it will at least look presentable.

There is just something about getting away from the routine.

I left for vacation with a plan.  One day I was going to go parasailing.  Maybe kite surfing or paddle boarding.  I did none of that.  Our house came with a couple kayaks, so I went out a couple days behind the house and went kayaking for a bit.  Most of the time I hung out with my nieces and nephew at the beach, at the pool, at the aquarium and at the house.

I took my computer, just sure that I’d have to get online at least once a day to check things out because how in the world could things go on back home without me.  I think I turned it on once, maybe twice all week.  It was actually a pretty freeing experience that I’m planning on practicing with more regularity.

Once the Olympics are over, I’ll be limiting my television time to one hour a night unless it’s storming and there is no other work to be done.  My Internet time will be limited to writing my posts on here and doing necessary research if needed.  There are so many things I could be doing rather than getting distracted by what I have on for background noise.

I’m actually pretty excited about this.  I’m planning on starting a running regimen as soon as I can get my hip issues taken care of.  Maybe in the meantime I’ll start biking again.  I loved that.

I’m still working on a business that can make me money without my having to really do anything.  A week at the beach makes me realize that I want that more and more in my life.

And maybe I’m not just talking about the beach.  I think my favorite part about vacation was that I really didn’t have anything that I HAD to do.  I could come and go as I pleased.  I had a car there.  I could have taken off and headed home in the middle of the week if I had wanted to and it really wouldn’t have mattered.  I was kind of unplugged.

And I loved it.

I was able to be present with my family without thinking about what I was going to write about that night.  I wasn’t checking emails for work purposes.  I was checking emails from my phone because I wanted to.

And even though I’m back and am in full swing with work again and gratefully taking back all my responsibilities here, I also realize how important rest is not only for the mind, but for the soul, as well.

So if you get the chance, friends, enjoy your rest.  Sit outside and watch a sunset or a sunrise.

It may surprise you what you’ve been missing this whole time.

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  • rojopaul

    Gorgeous pic; great advice.