This past weekend I was with Leanna and her family, and took a couple of days away from my computer and the social grid.
It was very, very relaxing.
Here are three things I learned:
- I need to get off my computer more. I have a post-it on my desktop that says, "Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress" (Alfred A. Montapert). I often rock at my computer, and not make any progress.
- Social Media is fun and useful, but it can be very dangerous. Be wary of looking to it for ways to validate yourself, or feed that thirst for "the next big news." Recognize that false satisfaction, and let it go.
- Be grateful for the beach. I'm so grateful to how close I live to the beach. I love the beach, the sands underneath, the quiet pounding waves, the warm sunshine, the golden sunset -- it's all such a blessing. Not many people get to enjoy this privilege. This thought also reminded me of a quote form Emerson, "If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.” Let’s not miss the stars either.
Learn to take entire days off, disconnect completely. Don't post anything on Twitter or Facebook or email.
Relaxing is actually more productive than you think. We come back with more clarity, and stored-up ambition to tackle the next task.
And over all these, my main lesson is resting is a discipline. You have to be intentional about it, or you’ll find yourself sucked back into your iPhone, and stressing out again.
So be intentional about your vacation this summer. Have fun, and pray for surf!