Wisdom takes a vacation


“Common sense takes a vacation” probably makes more sense, but “wisdom” just sounds so much smarter, doesn’t it?

I am usually never being accused of having either — wisdom or common sense, that is — however, I do believe it is fair for me to share my exploits and adventures while on my current vacation, where wisdom and common sense took some time off right alongside of me.

Almost every year since living in Colorado, I have been blessed enough to be able to bring my family back to the New Jersey beach, more commonly referred to as the Jersey Shore, to spend time reuniting with family and friends and for some wonderful beach time. So far so good, right?

Here is where wisdom and common sense went right out the window, or were washed away in the tide. You see I know better, especially as I age and battle some health issues of my own, that vacation time should really be about recharging the batteries of life, getting plenty of rest and relaxation, embracing time with family and friends, and taking in the solace of the sights and sounds of the ocean.

Even if I wanted to take in a light workout or two while away, that may have been sensible. Instead, what did I do? The two weeks at the Jersey Shore quickly became an assault on my body through very bad dietary choices, lack of proper sleep, and a very large project and opportunity surfaced at work that needed too much of my attention. And all of you maintaining wisdom and common sense will know the results right? Heartburn, headaches, fatigue, stress, and missed opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends, causing even greater stress.

I mean, this is my sweet spot, this is where I coach others in how to maximize goals, achieve success, and enjoy the benefits earned by working hard and smart so that vacation time is just that, vacation time.

Now I know I am being hard on myself while trying to illustrate a point, but seriously, I feel like the cobbler who fixes everyone else’s footwear while walking around myself in worn and tattered shoes.

I used to reward myself while on vacation, signing up for two weeks at the local gym, going to bed early, waking up before everyone else to spend quiet time on the beach in meditation and reading something inspirational before the family joined me. The solitary time spent in reflection and reading against the backdrop of the ocean, lapping waves, the aroma of salt air and suntan lotion, and sand between my toes before hitting the gym prepared me for the day, even perhaps a few indulgences and extra calories in pizza, ice cream, a few beers, and some awesome grilled food right at home.

Vacation time is awesome, wisdom is wonderful, and common sense keeps us grounded as we take our well-deserved rest and relaxation in the mountains, at a beach, on a lake or river, and right at home. It’s when we practice lack of wisdom and demonstrate zero restraint in the common sense category that our vacations become more than we expected and we definitely wind up needing a vacation from our vacation.

Its summertime and I would love to hear all about your stories of wisdom, or a lack of wisdom and common sense while vacationing, at gotonorton@gmail.com. When we balance our lives and treat ourselves to true rest and relaxation, it really will be a better than good week.


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