Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take no matter where it’s going.
— Edna St. Vincent Millay
A MAGICAL JOURNEY
Have you ever taken a trip that felt magical? Perhaps you went somewhere unfamiliar, to a place where the language, the food, and the customs felt foreign and exciting and magical. Or perhaps you returned to a place from your past and were able to relive moments of your life that hold fond, warm memories.
Laura writes: In my early thirties, with three young children, a full-time job, writing classes, and a volunteer position that took up a lot of time, I took a vacation—by myself. It was a gift to myself at a time when I needed quiet with near-desperation. For five days, I stayed in a hotel, and here’s what I did: I ate when I wanted to eat. I slept when I was tired. I went swimming every day, and I wrote for hours, at whatever hours appealed to me. I visited with a dear friend and spent time laughing and feeling like someone I hadn’t seen in a while—a younger, better-rested, lighter-hearted version of myself. At the end of the trip, I was delighted to return home to my children; I went back as a mother who was more present because I had taken the time to journey with myself. Those days are still magical to me, and I recall them when I am feeling pressured, overwhelmed, undervalued.
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – APRIL 30
Whether your life will allow you to take a trip as extended as the one Laura writes about, or whether you can only get away for a few hours, your work (and play!) today is to plan a “vacation” for yourself. Even an afternoon can be a vacation, but here are the rules:
- You get to choose where you’re going.
- You get to choose how to spend the time.
- Your time must be spent on you and you alone.
- Your vacation is intended to be pure pleasure…plan it that way!
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