Not long ago, I posted Drinking Water From A Fire Hydrant which describes how busy we become working and living life. I have just returned from a 2 week vacation celebrating 30 years of marriage in the paradise of Aruba. Yes, you have permission to say “well, bless her heart” regarding my beautiful wife’s sacrifice of spending over half of her life with me. I’m the lucky one.
As we landed in Aruba, I asked my wife to think about what has transpired from our take off in 1984 from Norfolk going on our honeymoon to landing 30 years later in 2014. How does time go by so fast…which means in 30 short years I will be 83…really? Reflecting on all the adventures, my kids, relationships, jobs and life over the past was great…but that was then, I live for what’s ahead.
We learned several years ago that time away is important to success. Rest, relaxing, rekindling, and reflection (sounds like a Ritz Carlton advertisement) is essential for well being. I sat at the desk in our gorgeous room and peered out at the spectacular view (see photo) and thought about seeing the world from a different view… way different from my office.
A different view not only from the surroundings and a visual context, but from a mental state. For me, it seems to fully relax I have to travel to another country for a period without constant distraction of media, email and phone calls to “download.” I had the luxury of “quiet time” everyday which consisted of an after breakfast cigar sitting in a chair with my feet in the sand and water…a different view. During this time I reflected about life…the past and the future.
I certainly liked the view from where my “thinking” occurred and being blessed to live life for 2 weeks in such a relaxed carefree manner. But I must say, I don’t think I could do that forever. Most of the time while on vacation at such a wonderful place, we start thinking of how we could manage to stay at that location and survive…you know, “live on vacation.” I could certainly work at the local cigar shop at the beach bar…but I know it wouldn’t last long. I was ready at the end of our time in paradise to return to my life. I know that sounds nuts; but being a Dad (the ultimate sense of purpose), excitement of what’s next, working alongside great people and daily focusing on making a difference in the world is really more appealing than selling cigars on an exotic island to me.
I had an opportunity for a different view; but one that allowed me to recharge the batteries and return to get back in the saddle of the reality of life. By they way, I have a brand new saddle on a powerful young Thoroughbred that I’ll be riding…but that will be announced in the days ahead. For now, the countdown begins for returning to Aruba in 2015…only 50 weeks left! Cheers y’all!