October 31, 2013 09:26
Have you ever dreamed about taking an extended vacation and travelling to a tropical paradise? I have, but if you are at all like me, vacation time is taken up by visits to family members, enjoying special birthday parties, high school graduations, weddings, anniversaries, etc.
My family is unusually extended, so for most of my working life, my free time has been monopolized by family events. Don’t get me wrong, I have managed to sneak in a few short trips to really fun, relaxing places and I wouldn’t trade a single moment I have been able to share with my family. I cherish every one of those, but the older I get, the more I realize the importance of taking some time for me; I have even given that advice to others when prompted. But seldom do I embrace the opportunity myself. Not only do I usually default to doing other things that need my attention, but I have never actually planned a trip that would be exactly and specifically what I truly wanted to do. That changed this year. I took the opportunity to travel for 10 days to Hawaii. I spent three days on Oahu and then took a 7-day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. It was simply magical and everything I hoped it would be. And, on this journey, I realized and appreciated a few simple truths:
- Taking time to do the things you want to do in life is a very important part of life’s journey. You are supposed to enjoy it along the way.
- You are supposed to be a priority in your own life. Most people I know are very consumed by demands placed by or involving “others”. Taking this time for me has really helped me appreciate my many blessings and to reprioritize the opportunities.
- Trust the process. This advice was given to me a long time ago and I am thankful for it every day. Shortly before taking this extended vacation, I was promoted at work. My instinct to pull back on the trip and be at work was pretty strong, but I chose to trust the process and by extension, the team at work. They of course continued to shine and handle everything while I was living one of my dreams-come-true. The strength of a team is not in any one team member, it is in the collective group! And, we simply have an amazing team at Incepture, for which I am very thankful.
- With careful planning, you can actually accomplish your dreams. Some are bigger than others, and this was a big one for me, but when you make accomplishing your dreams a priority, they often come true.
I look forward to hearing about your dreams-come-true. Be it a home purchase, a child attending college, a dream vacation, or a new business venture, I hope you have many and that they all come true. As for me, I finally really did it…and I loved it! So, I will continue to trust the process, work hard, appreciate my many blessings and plot the next adventure!