Karla’s Korner: Lessons from the Beach
Lessons from the Beach…..
As I sit down to write this week I find myself curled up in the corner of a hotel suite sofa with the sun setting on my final night of vacation; Myrtle Beach has been good to us. Having spent the last several days “tooling around” town with my husband taking in the local flavor I wanted to share a few lessons I’ve learned from our beach experience:
1. Alarm clocks are not necessary on vacation. You’re on vacation which means schedules should be thrown out the window. Go to bed late, wake up when your body tells you it’s time, eat breakfast for lunch and do what makes you happy.
2. There’s no need to spend thirty minutes doing your hair if you’re planning on going to the beach. Seriously, wad it up in a ponytail, grab a baseball hat and set off for some fun in the sun.
3. Sand will inevitably get into things that you never took out of the car or hotel room.
4. Time does not stand still. Things change, move or disappear over time, however nestled in the midst of the new sparkly high rise buildings you will find the quaint little local establishment that provides you with the best food, drinks, service and atmosphere that will nourish your body and your soul just by being there.
5. Nobody cares what you look like in your swimsuit. Trust me, everyone is focusing on having a good time that what you are wearing is of no concern to them.
6. A two hour walk on the beach plodding through the sand and water searching for shells is a great way to get in a great cardio workout and an exfoliating foot treatment at the same time.
7. Just because you are away from your “big kids” they still need you and you need them. Staying connected to them does not mean you don’t trust them to take care of things at home, it means that the need to stay connected has taken the place of the need to be in control of what they are doing. Taking time away from your children does not mean you want to be disconnected from them it means you need to be reconnected to your spouse; enjoying alone time is essential to your personal relationship with one another and will allow you to be better parents when you return.
8. Time away is important and essential to your physical and emotional well-being. Taking time to rest, relax and play once in a while will give you a renewed sense of physical and emotional strength.
9. Have fun. Enough said.
Our suitcases are packed and waiting in a staunch line by the door, the alarm clock is set for an early morning wake up, as we take a few moments to breathe deep, share memories from the week and make plans to return for Thanksgiving (who says you have to eat turkey for Thanksgiving). Life is full of lessons no matter where we are or what we are doing. Taking time to acknowledge those lessons, learn from them and apply them to our lives is essential to our life journey. Russian born artist Oksana Rus wrote “The serenity of the lulling ocean is a wondrous thing to behold…more precious than the gems coveted and covered in platinum or gold…” Whether you find yourself staring at the vastness of the ocean, the peaks of a mountain top or somewhere in between I encourage you to take time to get away, learn a few lessons and renew your spirit. Life is to be lived; I encourage you to live it well.
I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!
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