Vacation like your life depends on it.
As a confessed workaholic, vacations can actually be hard for me to take. I love my work and it’s actually like play most of the time. Obviously there are hard things to tend to and take care of and there are stressors that come from serving people and learning a team. But, most of the time on most days I love what I do and it fuels me to do it. So, disengaging from that work and being fully present with my family can be hard to do for me.
HOWEVER, there are huge benefits to being in a different space at a different pace that allow me to reconnect to the wondrous creations that God has allowed me to be with as a husband and a dad. I’m more blown away by WHO they are and the magnificence in their souls than anything here at Yellowstone National Park. The park is simply amazing, but my family — WOW — even more impressive. But, if I had stayed back in Kentucky with my nose to the grindstone then I’d have missed it. So, for me this vacation and all my vacations are about reconnecting with these who I love so much.
Most western style economies are seeing more and more of us take less and less time for leisure, sabbath and vacations. I believe that if I am going to be as productive in the work I’m called to for the long haul much of that will be controlled by the quality of my family life. All work and no play not only dulls us, but it robs of one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and our family and our work — a rejuvenated, connected, loved soul that creates from the overflow and not by scanning the bottom of the emotional and relational bucket so to speak.
So, even though, my workaholic tendencies try to keep it from happening, I more gladly than ever, override my workaholism and douse the flames of overwork with a great vacation as often as I can.
It makes me happier, more connected to my family and actually far more productive in my work and more available to my team and those I serve. It’s an irony, but vacationing actually gives me more to share at work. It’s a win for me, my family and my work.
So, I’m learning to vacation like my life depended on it. Maybe you should, too.
ALL THE BEST!
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