These days, time is very precious. So very precious, it is worth more than money. All year long we get up early to go to work. And before and after that, we try to capture a fragment of time for creative energy, for ourselves, where the madness of the day can not reach us.
Running and making haste all day long, to do what we are supposed to do, when we are supposed to do it. The demands of modern society are very high. So much needs to be done, simply to make a living. Or to have a clean house. Or to get the kids to the right place. I understand that. But what I do not get is that this demanding schedule even tries to sneak in during my vacation. Taking a peek at my work mail, so it will not be too overwhelming when I return. Having a pack of chores hovering over me. Things I have postponed until the summer holiday. So now I have to do them… The pressure is building up as the holidays float by.
But you know what? I have had enough of that! I do not want the demands of every day life take over during the one period of the year when I can really relax. I am living now, not yesterday or in the future. Here and now. I have stopped feeling guilty. Guilty for not using every second of the hour to do something useful. For not finally doing the things I normally do not have time for, like cleaning my whole house. In stead I follow my heart and listen to what I really want to do.
I truly enjoy staying up late sitting here behind my computer to write – like now. To play Bejeweled, to check out my friends on Facebook, to read and even watch a bit of crime TV on 13th Street. Yes, also at 10 o’clock in the morning! To stay in bed and read, trying to prolong the minute I have to put in my contacts to prevent my eyeballs from popping out. To go to the supermarket every single day, because I am too lazy to think and plan ahead. The freedom to do exactly as I want, is what I call vacation.
Amazing things happen when you go against what you are supposed to do. Today I had planned to donate my youngest son’s old bike to the second hand shop in the municipal center, but could not lift it into my little Ford Ka. It was too heavy and of course it did not even fit! Perhaps someone should invent a folding bike. Ah right, they have. Anyhow, there I was, muttering to the bike to work with me in stead of against me, which of course it would not. Getting frustrated. To which I put a deliberate ending. When I let go of the stress, I got this amazingly simple idea. I hauled the front of the bike back out of my car and parked the damn thing on the sidewalk in front of my house. Then I ran inside, grabbed a pen and paper and taped this message to the bike saddle.
If you need me, then please take me with you. For free!
When I looked out of the window half an hour later, the bike was gone, on its way to a happy new owner. I saved myself a bike wrestle mania, did not have to drive into town, plus made a child happy. Now THAT is what vacation is about. By following your heart and intuition, you will create room for new and fresh ideas. When you take the time to simply be, creativity flows in to fill your receptive mind.
Will you join me in the here and now? Please be at ease with what you are doing and do not think about what you perhaps ought to do. Do not feel guilty. There will be time for those things when the time is right. If you watch a movie – even in the middle of the day – then enjoy that film with all your heart. Do not think about the laundry or about cleaning the windows. They can wait. But when you finally decide to clean them, then make it a fun thing. Concentrate on the sparkling cleanness and play with the water and foam. Live in the now and embrace the joy life can give you, if only you take the time to really experience it.
Have a very happy and special holiday!