I realize that I'm at a huge advantage right now.
As a professional school counselor, I have the "summer off". As my friends remind me, I work for nine months. (What they don't realize is that I get paid for my nine months of work, but the pay is spread over 12 months, but that's a column for another time.)
In any event, this is my first week of summer vacation and I keep reminding myself to slow down. I looked at my list of things I want to complete over the summer, and I wanted to start everything all at once. I'm excited that I have the time to basically do what I want when I want to.
And then I reminded myself: slow down. There are still 24 hours in a day. That fact hasn't changed. What has changed is how I spend my days.
It's giving me a chance to get back on track with some personal development. For example, I had to use GPS, but I found my gym once again. I've been there three days so far this week, and the ceiling hasn't caved in. Yes, I had to reintroduce myself to my gym mates, who basically said, "Wow, you're back. It must be summer."
I let a few things get away from me during the school year, and the summer gives me a chance to rediscover, recalibrate, and rejuvenate. I can get back on track with areas that are important to me. Like I said, I'm at a distinct advantage.
While I get to spend the time putting positive habits back into their proper orbit, I also need to spend time making sure that I don't let them slip once the school year begins again.
When I slow down I gain perspective. I see things more clearly. I appreciate more. I take my time.
I need to remind myself to do daily what the picture above says: "Smile...Breathe...Slow down" (photo credit: mytherapist.ie).
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.