It’s Memorial Day Weekend pretty soon and I’m sure a lot of you have already checked out mentally and physically for the upcoming 3 day weekend.
I’ll be going on vacation to Hawaii from Sunday to Sunday.
I’ve either co-owned or owned my own firm since August 2006 and this will be probably be the first extended vacation I’ve taken since then. I’ve gone away on 3 or 4 day weekends but not this long.
It may be hard to disconnect and get my mind off work.
Unfortunately we live in a 365/24/7 technological society that get’s bombarded with at least 3,000 advertisements per day.
Where do we find quietness, silence, and solitude? I don’t know!
I hope to unplug from work while I’m gone and come back refreshed with my batteries recharged.
Martha Hanlon in a recent blog post said this verbatim:
Smart phones, iPads, computers, ear buds, GPS devices, electric cars, digital cameras, audio recorders, video cameras, electronic readers, hearing aids, music players, fax machines, scanners, televisions, radios, DVRs, printers, copy machines, computer monitors, electric guitars, solar lights, car batteries, watches, toys, remote controls, hearing aids, flash lights…what have I forgotten?
Have you noticed that just about everything in your life requires a charge? Plugged in at some point, battery powered or grabbing a little bit of sunshine.
If everything around you requires a charge–a revitalization–how come you don’t?
Well, you actually do, and yet most of us don’t take that time because it feels like such a waste of time. We have to go-go-go, do-do-do to get everything accomplished. Does anyone ever say to you, “I’ve got some time on my hands”? NO! We all profess to have no time, our days are filled, I’m overwhelmed.
Yet…if you don’t make time every day to recharge, there will be no charge left in you. And yes, I did say every day.
Here’s the other interesting thing that happens when you take 15-30 minutes each day to sit quietly: solutions arrive, new ideas percolate, and the impossible path starts to show itself.
So while I’m on the plane, sitting at the beach, or doing non-work activities, my plan is to unplug, disconnect, and be a human being, not a human doing.
It will be out of my norm but I hope the change of scenery will reinvigorate me!
Happy Memorial Day everyone! Thank you military vets! I was born towards the end of the Vietnam War. Without brave women and men serving, I may never have been a US citizen.
I’m Ray Ruecker with Connect 5000 and I’ll chat with you in June!