All day long I work with people who know that, beyond their skills and training and subject matter expertise, their most core instrument is their own life, and the energy they bring to their days—both at work and at rest.
Since I’m about to leave on one, I’ve been thinking this week about how the best vacations keep my personal “core instrument” deliberately tuned up. Like the old Hebrew notion of Sabbath: The best time off is not just a time of inactivity. Nope. It's more like time for different kinds of work, for using different parts of one’s intelligence—for most of us, that means not just the cognitive and analytical parts.
Most of us love to envision what we want to invent or create, and then to go make those things happen--we tend to get happier and more confident along the way.
Anyhoo, since “Sabbath” rarely includes inactivity and instead involves working differently and exercising different parts of our intelligence, here’s some of what I'm envisioning:
- Great conversations--both shorter and longer than usual, and
- painting with water colors (outside), and
- trying a different Hawaiian beer every day and picking a favorite (also outside)
- and getting a little physically scared (last time it was scuba diving),
- and eating great but a little less than usual,
- and turning off all media and music that gets snarky or cynical, and
- taking in anything that seems extra noble, beautiful or excellent.
- My plan is to play hard daily (outside), and
- pray more,
- and learn all the words to the Hukilau Song* and
- maybe smile at the trajectory of my decades on the pebble.
If you’re taking some time off this weekend, I’d love to read what's on your list.
(*And click here to listen.)