I don’t ever feel like I need a vacation nor do I want one! I once heard a talk about how in the USA we are given vacations but in other countries, they go on Holiday or Celebrate Holiday. The word vacation comes from the word vacate. Our posture toward vacation often is to vacate from life or the grind. But what if life wasn’t supposed to be something we need to escape from, what if it is something we should celebrate? What if we are not supposed to vacate our life but celebrate it?
I decided a long time ago a 9-5 job wasn’t going to be the best way to use my life. And I am so thankful my gifts, talents, and personality found jobs and space to be myself. One thing I need to be my best self is slower mornings, sleep (I am a 9-hours of-sleep-girl and yes science proves we need 7-9 hours but most Americans operate on an average of 6), I need exercise, friends, community, I need to sing and I need to create. Do you unapologetically know what you need??
All I have is Who I am, that is it. All I have to bring to the table, to my job, to relationships, to my kids, is who I am! And if I am stressed, tired, and stagnant, constipated with no creative outlets, and lonely, I am no good to anyone, not to myself or the world. I just saw a John Maxwell quote that says “you do not reproduce what you teach, you reproduce who you Are!” Wow! That is it, who we are is all we have!
We get a few years, right, to do something with our time. I decided I want to live. I want to create a life that I don’t want to “vacate” from but that I want to celebrate on Holiday! If I always feel like I need a vacation something is not balanced, something needs to be evaluated. If I am always tired, or find myself lonely, hopeless, joyless, and friendless, something is not balanced. If I never have enough time, especially for others, something is not right.
Life demands that our equilibrium be carefully aligned, if we are not aligned heart, mind, body, soul, there are symptoms. If we always feel like we need a vacation, this might mean we need to celebrate more daily, more fun, more dancing in the kitchen, more youtube stand-up comedy on the commute, more laughter, more games nights, and girls-night-out and a glass of wine and chocolate!
I have been given a gift…. LIFE.
I want to be a daily celebrator of the goodness around me and of the gift of time I have been given. My darlings, take a step today to celebrate! And I pray you never go on vacation again, but that your life starts to feel like every day is a Holiday!