Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy to Return

First of all, let me apologize for the problems with my blog the last couple of days. I really don't like when something goes wrong with my computer, or my car (I know I sound like a girl) but, I just want them to WORK! :)
Hopefully everything is up and running now. It is very late and I need to head to bed. But before I go, I found this wonderful short story and I loved the moral of it. Do you love what  you do each day, or are you always dreaming your life to be different ?
Read it and think about it.    Good night!

An Inspirational Short Story
Happy To Return

By Byron Pulsifer, © 2010

Recently, we went on a vacation for a week that involved visiting four different ports in the sunny and warm climate of the Caribbean. There were moments of laughter, fun, and great food. It's a funny thing when you go away that each day of the vacation also counts down to the end and a return to work.

It was twelve years since we went on a vacation, so this vacation was viewed with anticipation of a great break away from my daily routine. And, we weren't disappointed.

But, there was something very different about this vacation compared to those when we worked in a corporate environment. The main difference was that when we returned, when the vacation was rapidly drawing to a close, we didn't have the same feelings of approaching stress and dread.

In this most recent vacation, it wasn't that we didn't thoroughly enjoy the various fun and new activities, the break away from routine, the pleasure of touring different countries and cultures, the opportunity to do what we wanted when we wanted, or the leisurely pace of each day. What was significant was that we didn't even dread the last day of vacation knowing that we would soon have to return to my previous filed. You see, we knew that we were returning to what we love to do not what we had to do.

The feelings experienced in the last couple of days of vacation were viewed with the same joy as the very first days. In previous times, the last days of vacation were dreaded, we experienced a mounting sense of stress because we knew that a return to our field of employment was "work" and not something that we loved and thoroughly enjoyed.

The point is this: if you do what you love, it doesn't matter in the least that a vacation has to end. If you love what you do you will not find yourself wishing for even a few more days of vacation, or wishing that you could keep enjoying this vacation for much, much longer. A love of what you do draws you back like a magnet; draws you back to pleasure not to toil; draws you back where you feel comfort and completeness.

A more important question is how do you feel when you return from vacation and go back to work. Read the words of wisdom in this inspirational short story and reflect on your own situation. Are you happy to return?


"Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying "Wow, this is it. I guess I'm happy. I got a home I love. A career that I love. I'm even feeling more and more at peace with myself." If there's something else to happiness, let me know. I'm ambitious for that, too."   ~Harrison Ford

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