Oh what a wonderful, blissful vacation I am having! It hasn’t gone exactly as I had planned as far as what I would do, but it is all perfect. I am getting refreshed and renewed and my energy is increased. I have a list of shoulds and have done pretty much none of them. And it feels fantastic! I feel exhilarated by this amazing gift I am giving myself. It is truly a time when I am just doing what my spirit says to do. Like we used to do every day in summer as kids. I bet children don’t even do that now, actually. Most of the ones I know have schedules so packed that they make mine look like unscheduled playtime. Now that I think about it, I have gone to two birthday parties so far! Now this is life!
I am laughing at myself in some ways because giving myself this gift has not been without costs. I knew there would be a price to pay and I was fine with that. I didn’t expect the one that has me the most surprised. That is the feeling that I have had periodically this week to check in at work. The weekend was fine because it was the weekend. I am also blessed to work where we have Patriot’s Day as a holiday, which was Monday. My work emails go to my phone, as I am sure yours do, too. By Monday, I had to make the conscious decision to turn off the email feed, lest I get sucked in. I am committed to having a real vacation with no work interruptions, like our parents did. I have resisted all urges. I can tell you that it is worth it. I feel empowered.
PS Yes, I know I still had my phone for non-work. Baby steps.