It is when I am camping, hiking or especially at the ocean that I literally feel my body reset itself, or entrain to a more relaxed state.
Hearing the trees blow, or the ocean crash it languid breaths upon the shore while I sleep, re-establishes my natural rhythm.
At the beach, with sparklers and shooting stars illuminating the night air, I wonder, how can I have more of this calm for my family? Can we achieve a more balanced and fun life without having to leave home and enter "vacationland?"
Seth Godin writes, "Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don't need to escape from."
I drink the Koolaid that he is serving whole-heartedly. In many ways my family works to create our life, not just fall into expected norms. But still, the basic maintenance of life takes its toll.
So, with Godin's quote in mind, I brainstormed three ideas that might help us stay on track.