It’s Not Where You Live, but How You Live

Summer is the time for vacations. Have you ever wished that vacation could last forever? Is it possible to bring the peace of vacation back home with you? If you have ever wondered about this, read on for my thoughts.

On a recent vacation, Bret and I were in a deep discussion about how to find out if the resort was hiring a pool cleaning guy. We would have been willing to work for very little pay, along with room and board. As we seriously contemplated not returning home and living at the beach forever, Bret made a very profound statement: Really, it's not where you live, but how you live that makes all the difference. Click To Tweet

Living in vacation mode is not sustainable. I am guessing that eventually it would get boring to lie on the beach every day (although I have never gotten to that point personally), we would probably eventually feel the need to make a significant contribution to life again, eating at the buffet would not be healthy for too long, and the heat and humidity may get old after a while. At some point, I am guessing that the thrill of doing nothing would vanish and we would slowly transition to “real life” again even if we were living at the beach. So, is it possible to take the best parts of vacation and incorporate them into real life after getting back home again?

I think that some of the best parts of vacation involve shutting off real life – not thinking about work, not having to clean the house, enjoying delicious food that we probably shouldn’t be eating, not having a real schedule at all. It all involves doing what we want when we want to do it; and, no, that part is not sustainable for the long run.

But, I think that we can intentionally choose to incorporate parts of it into our regular life. We can choose to do what is important and not stress about the rest. We can choose to set aside time to rest on a daily basis. We can choose to have fun and smile and not get bogged down by the stupid things that real life inevitably brings with it. I’m pretty sure that this is theoretically possible, but I am still figuring out how to practically do this on a daily basis. I read a quote once that is good:

My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from!

(Rob Hill)

Unfortunately, I don’t have all the answers of how to do this. Really, that is what this blog is all about. We are on a journey to create a life that is balanced, peaceful and sustainable. I want to make a difference in the world, but not at the expense of enjoying my everyday life. I want to be happy, without being self-centered. I want to enjoy every single day as if it was my last one on earth. Click To Tweet I’m not there yet, but that’s my goal. How about you? If you have any thoughts, I would love to hear them!

  • HI Meschelle, ah-h-h, the bliss of being at the beach! Yet, all that sun and the salt air might eventually deteriorate the condition of your lovely skin, and the lack of activity from being on an endless vacation could likely dull your mind and your body to the real beauty of LIFE.

    If you had all the answers, you would be GOD. That’s not what HE wants for us; instead, HE wants us to learn to trust HIM to provide the answers and to show us the path forward. We simply have to ask, trust, listen….and follow HIS instructions….and sometimes this requires a lot of patience and a lot of faith. I’ve come to realize that the true joy is in the journey itself–it is in the experience of getting there…not of being there. With all that we gain, and all that we lose, along the way, I choose the journey.

    1. Vicki, you have great insight and I know a lot of it has been learned through the hardships of life. Thank you for your investment in me and challenging me to become a better person!

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