Mãos Dadas - Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Não serei o poeta de um mundo caduco.
Também não cantarei o mundo futuro.
Estou preso à vida e olho meus companheiros
Estão taciturnos mas nutrem grandes esperanças.
considere a enorme realidade.
O presente é tão grande,
não nos afastemos.
Não nos afastemos muito,
vamos de mãos dadas.
Não serei o cantor de uma mulher,
de uma história.
não direi suspiros ao anoitecer,
a paisagem vista na janela.
não distribuirei entorpecentes ou cartas de suicida.
não fugirei para ilhas nem serei raptado por serafins.
O tempo é a minha matéria,
o tempo presente,
os homens presentes,
a vida presente.
E viva que hoje ele recebe (PELA OITAVA VEZ) novos óculos em sua estátua na Av. Atlântica
Vacation is Good For the Soul…and the Business!
Every year, the husband and I try to take off for a vacation. Most times, it might not be more than an extended weekend. But it is a vacation none the less. And sometimes, we’re lucky enough to take two shortish vacations.
Now if I had my way, we’d be taking at least two, 10-day vacations or get-aways a year. And yes, if I was really going to go wild, you better believe they’d be completly isolated and totally exotic (and include many cocktails!). But that’s not quite our reality…yet.
I don’t think I realized until this last 3-day away that not everyone likes to vacation the same way. Which also means that not everyone likes to vacation or leave home…period.
Regardless of whether you’re a get-away kind of person, or someone that would rather save their money and stay close to home, you need to take that time off. And just as importantly, you need to let go of any expectations that you might have (I’ve learned this one the hard way).
Some things to keep in mind, whether you’re taking some time off at home or away…
Go with the flow. I think the most important thing to consider when taking time off is to not fight what comes up. Allow yourself to go against the norm…sleep in, eat out, stay up late, cook up a storn, stay in bed, do nothing but read, practice all yoga all the time…whatever. Allow yourself to try something new on for size. Just go with the flow and see what presents itself.
Disconnect. For some people (like me), the total disconnect is important. For others (like my husband), they don’t like to be feel isolated and out of the loop. Do what works for you. I like to set up the vacation responder to my email and automate and schedule in advance whatever I can for my business. When I get online, I want to be there to share photos, stories and experiences, not to be bogged down with work. My husband on the other hand, needs to have high speed WiFi wherever we go with his smartphone close at hand. But…he allows himself to skip the daily politics (thank you, thank you, thank you) and makes sure he schedules batches of time away from any work obligations - that’s his version of disconnecting.
Embrace the creativity. There’s a reason that authors and musicians like to get away from their home to work on new projects. New environments mean new energy and new experiences. Which in turn, means that your creativity is also in a new environment and sparking new ideas. Embrace this. In fact, go with it. Create a space that allows for these creative bursts. Carry a notepad with you at all times so you can jot down new ideas and thoughts as it comes to you. Encourage conversations with others - even total strangers. I find that I get some of my best ideas when I change up my environment and go with the flow.
Be happy. Not in the “don’t worry, be happy” sense of the word. I’m thinking more along the lines of finding something that makes you happy and doing it. You’re on vacation! If drinking wine and chowing down on Mexican food, while watching novellas makes you happy (um…no comment), then go for it. If spending the day at the movies makes you happy, then have at it. If not answering your phone or puttering in the garden, or shopping up a storm is what lights you up and makes you SMILE then do more of that. Do whatever it takes to find some joy and happiness during your time off. Laughter is the best medicine, they say. And a smile looks much healthier (and is more contagious…in a good way) than a tan anyway. ;-)
Practice some of these tips - at home or away - and I promise, you’ll not only feel better (and more relaxed), but your business will benefit as well.
ACTION PLAN: plan some time away over the summer. It doesn’t need to be an all out vacation, it just needs to be a space where you can rest and enjoy all that life has to offer. And where you don’t worry about work. Just BE.