Away From the Family for Three Days
This weekend, I’ll be at a women’s retreat - the first time in many years that I’ve been away from the family overnight.
I’m looking forward to it. I’m not looking forward getting away from the kids or the hubby per se, but to spend some time with myself and with other women without being distracted by making meals, cleaning, and driving around.
Getting away, to me, isn’t about escaping. It’s about gaining more insight, more experience, more wisdom. If we are embroiled in the same life experiences without a change of perspective, it’s impossible to see how we can improve, and what’s in the world around us. It’s important to shake things up a bit. Everyone needs that once in a while.
We just signed up our kids for summer camp at the local park. This camp is run pretty much like public school. The kids look forward to a couple of weeks of it. To them, this is shaking things up, and I’m glad they get a chance to get away once in a while to do this. Not all the time, just once in a while.
Even when life is great, gotta get out of our habits and do other things. And when life is not great, be careful not to think of these excursions and experiences as running away, but as an opportunity for growth and insight. That way, when we come back, things are better than ever, not a return to the same drudgery or stress we’ve come to expect.
Have you been on a retreat or a vacation recently? Or your kids or spouse? What have you brought back with you that has made a difference? Do you escape or do you grow on your times away?