I hope you’ll be taking a vacation this year — and I don’t necessarily mean a long journey to a distant land. The word vacation comes from a Latin root meaning “freedom or release from something.”
On vacation, you are free from your regular routine; your time is empty or vacant and you can fill it with something new that will heal and inspire you. A great way to move forward in your life is to use your vacation or release time to practice facing your habitual fears and the limiting behaviors they create.
You can take a vacation anywhere — to a new neighborhood, a new city, or a new country — and simply be a new you who is flexible and flowing and tries new things. Take a vacation without any guarantees — just go, and let yourself be guided by your instincts rather than a detailed itinerary.
- Eat at a restaurant that serves food you are unfamiliar with,
- attend a ballet or a soccer game,
- visit a mosque,
- take a yoga class,
- go on a nature hike,
- or do anything else that you may have been afraid of.
Decide to outgrow the excuses you’ve employed, and adopt a philosophy of having a mind that’s open to everything and attached to nothing.
Affirm:I choose the less-traveled path and resist seeking out familiarity and an illusion of security.