It is more than just packing your bags or finding someone to water your plants while you are gone. More than confirming your plane reservations and outlining your day-to-day plans, a loose collection of potential adventures.
It is in slowing down the weeks before your trip, allowing for time to rest, to play, to nourish the spirit of joie de vivre. You must let your brain begin to breathe, your mind to expand beyond the work desk, or else the shift from your daily routine to far-flung adventure is too much, so abrupt so that you might find yourself in your proverbial business suit on a beach in paradise.
No. You must respect the transition.
Your preparations must include weekends goofing off, long afternoon naps, evenings doing nothing but enjoying your garden. In this, you learn to respect your need to heal, the importance of moving slowly, of doing less. Yes, you are preparing for your vacation by cultivating the pleasure of being less busy, unwilling to commit to a firm schedule or days packed with one event after the other. You court your next adventure with quiet days and impromptu lunch dates, evening cocktails and long mornings drifting through the fun parts of the weekend newspaper. You exchange your work heels for sandals, that business uniform for loose dresses and little makeup.
Only then can you begin to pack for your trip, finalize those little details, and be ready for fun.
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