Having recently launched a new decade, I decided to punch a hole on my bucket list and take a TWO week vacation. Not since I was a child have I taken more than a week, including my wedding and honeymoon.
Back in the day, my family enjoyed TWO weeks at (then undiscovered) Hilton Head Island when it had ONE traffic circle. A fun excursion was a trip to Savannah to The Pirate’s House for dinner. The ocean front beach house we shared with cousins cost $250 a week and was owned by a local physician friend. I was too young to appreciate that manna from Heaven. Can you imagine?
As a final nod and celebration of the big 60, and the losses earlier this year of my mother, my aunt, and my home, two weeks at beloved Pawleys Island was a blessing. As Providence would have it, that trip had been planned for over a year. Timing is everything and God is always in the details. In 2 ½ weeks, I never watched TV or opened my laptop. I kept up with email via Iphone. It was amazing how easily I disconnected. What was more amazing were the benefits I reaped from stepping away.
As a former HR director I have heard every excuse in the book for NOT taking vacation. Seems unbelievable that employees would consciously elect NOT to take a break. But, they do. A lot of my time was spent saving them from themselves (or trying to).
Top 10 Excuses
- My work is going so well I’ll lose momentum if I leave.
- My work isn’t going so well. I need to stay to improve it.
- My supervisor won’t give me time off.
- I hate vacations. There’s nothing to do!
- I’m afraid no one will miss me.
- I’m afraid they’ll discover someone can do my job better.
- I’m afraid they’ll figure out they don’t need my position anymore.
- Are you kidding? I don’t want to spend that much time with my spouse!
- I’s rather bank my days and get paid for half of them at the end of the year.
- I don’t have time to take a vacation!
It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Time well spent results in more money to spend, more money to save, and more time to vacation. Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation? (Zig Ziglar)
My Vocation is my Vacation. I love what I do. (Nick Cannon)
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. (Earl Wilson)
Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. (Maya Angelou)
My personal and professional advice:
Go – AWAY! Life is a brief trip….one road in…one road out…..one opportunity. We are meant to discover and experience it. At life’s end, no one wishes they’d spent more time at the office. There are places to go and people to see.
You become stagnant, sitting and soaking. Eventually, you sour. Sound risky? Risky is Good Business! Go! Be amazed at what you will learn about yourself, your family, the world. The riches and return are priceless. You can’t afford to stay at work.
~ From the desk of Becky Morlok ~
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