In a world of “faster is better and bigger is best” at some point the true meaning of "living" can be lost. We are all so focused on what we have and what we still want to get, what we want to do and how quickly we can do it, where we want to go and how fast can we get there. 24 hours in a day isn’t enough, 7 days in a week isn’t enough...nothing can feel like enough anymore.
What if it was enough? Imagine a world where every minute, every moment, every instant truly mattered… a world where we appreciated every breath that was taken, every word that was spoken, every memory that was made… a world where different was the norm and the norm was different.
Imagine a world where the imperfect was perfect… a world that looked at a picture where a child colored outside of the lines not as something that is all wrong, but in fact something that is even more beautiful with colors that have no boundaries.
What if such a place really existed? A place where anyone can go. A place where reservations are not necessary, and everyone is welcome. A place that isn’t a place at all… it’s a “vacation state of mind”.
Let your mind wander… allow yourself to go back to those times in life where you had no worries and when the stresses of life were gone when you just wished you could hit the pause button on life. Do you remember the hot stone massage you received while at the resort in Mexico last summer? What about that time when you laughed so hard you cried at the sight of your brother’s bathing suit being ripped off from the power of the wave when he tried surfing on your family vacation to California? What about that trip to Hawaii where you swore you found love at first sight with the cute bartender working at the poolside tiki bar?
Don’t you find yourself smiling as you remember these memories? Do you wish you could be back there in those very spots doing the exact same things? When you came home from one of these vacations did you return with a whole new outlook on life? I'll bet that your mind and body felt like someone hit the recharge button…you found yourself waking up with more energy than normal, smiling for no reason, and you couldn’t quite put your finger on it, but you just felt good.
This is what I call "living in a vacation state of mind." Think about a world in which everyone is a bit more energetic, smiles more often, and feels less-stressed and significantly happier. And, maybe it’s not such a far-flung idea since you don’t have to actually go on vacation, because what I’m talking about is simply changing the way in which we view the world. It’s a mindset of looking at life from the perspective of the song, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff.
“I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day”
It all starts by taking the time to realize what truly matters in your life. If it’s your family, spend more time with them. If it’s trying new things, take the risk and try them. If it’s going to new places then just go. When that smile is hard to make, or that hug is hard to give, or laughing doesn’t come easily, just remember your last vacation… and allow yourself to be taken right back into that vacation state of mind.
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