My granddad was one of the hardest working men I’ve ever known. He was a very successful business man, made a lot of money, and helped a lot of people throughout his 87 years. The only thing he never learned how to do was take a vacation. Maybe it was his upbringing, his generation, or just his preference. If he ran into you enjoying a weekday apart from work he would call it “unapplied time”. I would tell him then what I still believe now, “I love me some unapplied time.”
I was raised to work hard and to carry your weight in this life. Every day I wake up and ask God to use me as a living sacrifice that brings joy to His heart and hope to others. However, I believe we all need to know when it’s time to get away. Granddad worked six days a week and then went to church all day Sunday. I can’t recall a single time he really got away the entire time I knew him. He did take us to his lake house periodically. But, even those days consisted of picking up pine cones, burning debris all day and then heading back home with a belly full of sardines. I thought we were going to have fun, fish and go swimming. It never happened. Here is why I’m so passionate about vacation.
VACATION IS A TIME TO “RUN AWAY” from the everyday, routine, and stressful things of life. Yes, it will all still be there when you return, but you need a break. Whether you go to the beach, the mountains, or somewhere you’ve never gone before make sure you leave behind the demands and deadlines.
VACATION IS A TIME TO “RELAX”. Catch up on sleep, prop your feet up in the air, and make life as easy as possible. I feel really sorry for those who never learn how to relax, have fun and enjoy “unapplied time”.
VACATION IS A TIME TO “REFOCUS” on what matters most. If you don’t break away and slow down you’ll never be able to evaluate where you are and where you’re headed in this life. Maybe some family time is long overdue. Maybe you and your spouse are drifting apart. Maybe you need time to ponder and pray about some very important decisions that lie ahead.
VACATION IS A TIME TO “RECHARGE”. The longer you keep going through the motions of life the closer you are to burnout. Everyone needs their strength restored, their stress reduced, and their passion in life renewed.
VACATION IS A TIME TO “REFRESH”. Anything gets old after a while and you just need a change of sights and sounds. Get out, smell the roses, and put your toes in the sand God made. When it’s all said and done you will return to work better and stronger.
I wholeheartedly believe that a good vacation is critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, a healthy family, and a healthy perspective. I usually plan our vacation time months in advance because I don’t see it as an option, but a necessity!