Summer is here. The days are long, the weather is finally hot. Businesses are beginning to cautiously reopen. It feels as though we are emerging from a long period of hibernation. Given that we have been relegated to one location and limited in our personal interactions, it may seem as though we have been on an extended break. My guess, however, is that this period of time has felt nothing like a “break”. It has been filled with uncertainty, anxiety, worry, stress. We have been required to reinvent the way in which we meet, communicate, connect. We have had to reimagine events. Carefully consider our words.
Summer is a time when things slow down a bit, we catch our breath. Families take vacation. What plans do you have in the coming months? It may seem fruitless to plan a vacation this year, but I encourage you to reconsider and reimagine this idea. Vacation comes from the Latin word vacātiō, which means “exemption from service, respite from work”. Consider that definition.
Exemption from service. Respite from work.
Although a European vacation would be wonderful, there are other ways in which we can take a holiday. One of my clients rented an RV and is driving with her husband and two small children to Florida. Another is planning to visit several local state parks. Perhaps it means staying home and reading novels or spending time planting a vegetable garden. Or volunteering (which I realize sounds like work, but for many, it feeds the soul).
So, while you may be thinking, “ why bother to take time off?”, do what you have had to do every day these past few months: recreate. Walk away from your computer, your phone, your daily responsibilities. Think about simple ways to find joy. Reconnect with your family. Recharge your spirit.
by: Susan Matejka, Managing Director, HPS Chicago