As everyone is starting to head back to work and school, I find myself dreaming about a longer vacation. Unfortunately, the disconnect between our dream lives and reality is extremely common. Equally as common is the habit of brainstorming escape routes in order to find a place in life where we don’t have to sit in an office all day, wishing we were out on the beach. There is another, less common, yet more favorable way to deal with this though. It’s the knowledge that no matter where you are, you you can make it the happy place you are dream about.
It’s all about changing the way you think and letting go of ‘stuff’. For example, if you wake up every morning and say, ‘What a great place I have to live in today. I don’t know about tomorrow, but today is going to be great!’ you have a better experience and and can enjoy what you have without worrying about what you don’t have.
Even if you’re back at work, you still have choices. You can choose to be miserable, or you can choose to feel like you’re still on vacation and focus on the things around you that are beautiful. So much of our lives are dictated by chasing a huge paycheck or achieving a higher level of success. But at the end of the day, what does that really matter? When did work become the only thing that matters? If we can adopt the mentality that work is a means to live the rest of our lives, and that’s it, we can be a lot happier. You only get one life to live. It may be basic, but we could all use a reminder of it every now and then.
So this week’s prompt is to get you thinking about the feeling of a vacation, even if you’re not on one. Enjoy!