Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Quotable

I am coming off of a hectic period in my life. Over the past several weeks, I've felt like I didn't have time to breathe on most days. My TO DO list kept growing and so did my stress level. Last Friday, I saw a break in the work flow so I promptly excused myself from the rat race and headed out of town. Though I was on call and had to work a bit, I was able to unplug for significant periods of time. It was the best thing for me. I'm all refreshed and ready to get back to life (and Nicole's Curated Life). 

I think the importance of disconnecting is overlooked. We all focus on the need for vacation because travel commercials are constantly on. Social media is filled with photos of people at beaches, theme parks and campgrounds. The message is go, go, go. When we're able to "go," our time is generally booked to capacity so we can "take advantage" of each minute away. When we return, we need a vacation from our vacation. At least, that's usually the way it works for me. 

At least it worked that way until now. The vacation Ash and I took this past weekend was so last minute (we booked the day before we left) that I didn't have time to plan a thing. We didn't have a dinner reservation to speak of. We didn't make a list of sights to see or download city maps onto our phones. We just went. We were free to do follow the wind, so to speak. We got lost and found great restaurants. We walked and dreamed of relocating. We ate in the park and played with the dog. It was so low key it was almost like being home but with a greater appreciation of the present. And sometimes, that is all that is needed.  

If you need to disconnect, I highly recommend it--even if you just take a day long stay-cation. 

Before I go, I want to share the rest of today's quote:

“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds, to rise above our immediate surroundings.

We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear. We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in.” -Oliver Sacks 

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