With all the traveling we’ve done of late, it was nice to be reminded last week of why we call Madison home. As I mentioned a few posts back, Kim and I were kicking around the idea of taking a week off. (What fun is running your own business if you can’t take liberties with the schedule once in a while?) We decided that last week would work perfectly. Other than updating the web site and some very limited checking of e-mail, we were completely off and unplugged. The only TV we watched was the updated version of The Ten Commandments. (Not bad, by the way.)
Happily, the weather cooperated nicely for our downtime (except for the stupid hail storm that left our car riddled with divots. Dumb hail.) Other than that, it was in the high sixties with lots of sun. We did a lot of walking, biking, and napping. Kim started her new hobby. I got a chance to pull out the paintbrushes and watercolors and discover how rusty I am. We visited the polar bears at the zoo. One day we spent time at three different lakes. (Madison has four.) The first day or two was complete detox. It was hard to get used to the idea of doing…nothing. My mind was still abuzz with everything on the to-do list. But eventually a calm came over me, and I was able to feel more at peace than I had been for a very long time. I was able to think clearly about things, and came up with some ideas that probably will save us a lot of time and money as we move forward.
Perhaps you’re in a space where you’re a little harried, or feel imprisoned by your to-do list. Spring is always a nice time to look outside of the cave you’ve been living in all winter, collect your thoughts, and get energized by new life, new thoughts, and new opportunities. Maybe you can’t swing a whole week, but even one day spent outside at a local park recharging your batteries can do wonders.
Tomorrow’s Monday. It’s always hard to get back in the swing of things, but I’m focused, well rested, and enthusiastic about getting back to this mission of helping the world to escape adulthood. Giddyup.
[tags]Madison, hail, rest, relaxation, polar bears, peace[/tags]