Friday, September 3, 2010
Countdown to Vacation
"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." ~Robert Orben
Ah, vacation...almost time. You'd think I was going on some fantastic cruise the way I've been talking about it...and I am only taking 4 days. With Monday's Holiday it'll give me ten days off. That should be enough time to recuperate. Dealing with our client population, though rewarding when you have a success story, is so physically and emotionally draining. We take those who no one else wants. It breaks your heart to hear their stories, but you have to set boundaries and remember that along with those poor souls who are so 'broken' that you wonder if anything you do can help to put them back together again, but you also have to deal with those with the personality disorders...the narcissists who believe that the world revolves around them and the antisocials, your sociopath...the charmer who will lure you in with a smile, all the while manipulating you and setting you up for the 'kill'.
So, as I said, I don't plan on going anywhere special. Mostly I will just hang around the house. I've got a lot of reading to catch up on, but I do plan to take one day to do a little fall shopping for myself. I've been wearing the same jacket now for a few years; it would be nice to have a new one. And, perhaps a trip to Barnes & Noble. I never get to go to the bookstore. And speaking of Barnes & Noble, I ordered a labyrinth kit which came today. I love to color, and with this kit, you're provided labyrinths to color in and meditate on. Those I think I will leave until I am back to work. Looks like they might be some great stress relievers.
A trip to the beach might be on tap as well...not to go into the water, but merely walking along the beach, standing there on the water's edge and looking out onto the ocean opens the channels of communication with our spiritual selves; white foam and sea spray lapping on the sand, and with summer over...alone except for an occasional jogger....only the sounds of the gulls, the sounds of the waves...breathing in the salty air. What more can one ask for on a vacation? It's all here in my backyard...20 minutes away. And speaking of the ocean, we're expecting a tropical storm here in the city. Could have been worse, but the hurricane is expected to pass far to the east...
...but those waves. I was watching them on television, those powerful waves lashing at the shore...the Great Ocean Mother in all Her glory. I found myself glued to the set, and I'm telling you, if I hadn't had a tummy ache last night, I think I would have said The heck with work tomorrow and headed on over there.
In closing, let us all give thanks that everyone in yesterday's oil rig explosion survived and that it didn't become another gulf catastrophe. Nature is trying to tell us something. I think it is time we all stop and listen.
"Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think." --Robert Henri