Last week I had an amazing time at the beach. It was dubbed â€œSlugfest 2005,â€ because the sole agenda was to lie around and relax like a slug. And I did!
My â€œactivitiesâ€ consisted of sleeping nine hours every night, lying on the couch, reading, afternoon naps, a little TV, and many walks on the beautiful, nearly empty beaches with my dog, Emma. I did take a day trip to Cape Hatteras (I climbed the lighthouse) and Okracoke Island, but mainly I was a slug.
I really shocked myself, in a positive way. It seems that every vacation I take Iâ€™m either exploring new or favorite places or visiting family and friends. I have a great time, but I arrive home saying, â€œWow, I need a vacation!â€ The last time I had a slugfest vacation was two years ago, at the same friendâ€™s beach house at the same beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. All the vacations between then and now were the more active variety.
Being â€œoff-season,â€ many activities werenâ€™t available (swimming, wind surfing, mini golf, various tours, hang gliding, golf, etc.) So in a way, I had to be a slug. Although I had my cell phone, I had no email access (!!) and didnâ€™t check my office voicemail once. I had left my number and knew that people could reach me if they really needed to.
Last week, I clearly realized the importance of having some of my vacations be â€œslugfests.â€ In that â€œdo-nothingâ€ atmosphere, I got many insights about my life, received a host of inspirations about my business, and felt rejuvenated on a deep level. I also had a number of great conversations, the kind that often get lost in the cycle of daily routines. And even though I had been to this place before, the simple change of venue had a positive and profound impact.
If youâ€™re like me, you have some important family and friends who live far away. I love to visit mine, just like I love traveling and seeing new sights and exploring other cultures. Itâ€™s not always easy to prioritize being a slug, but I encourage you to take the plunge and do it at least once a year. Your slugfest will probably look different from mine; thatâ€™s fine. As long as you stay clear of the â€œdo, do, doâ€ pattern, which can easily take over a supposedly relaxing vacation.
I am making an oath to you that I will take a slugfest vacation at least once a year. Â My vacation goal is a week off every quarter, so that leaves lots of time for the other kinds of vacation. But the depth relaxation, the insights, the renewal of a slugfest are essential.
Iâ€™d love to hear from you about the â€œwhere and whenâ€ of your Slugfest 2005. Send me an email
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