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Vacating the Office – Physically and Mentally on Holiday

Odd that we forget that vacate and vacation have the same root meaning.  Vacate, or vacant are sparse, harsh while vacation is ease and happiness.  And according to lots of articles and studies, something that few of us can find to do these days.  Either because of finances or because of work load, or various other reasons.

 

But vacation, or holiday as our European friends say, is so necessary to clear our heads and energize us, plus to refresh our view of the common articles of our everyday lives – the house, job and people that we have chosen to populate our lives.  A little time away seeing other sights, doing uncommon activities, smelling, tasting and experiencing new things makes our mundane feel comfortable and right again instead of restrictive and frustrating.

 

Summer is the traditional time for vacation – the weather is sunny and warm (a little too warm in some areas this year, ouch), the kids have time off from school – all of which leads to an antsy need to get away.  But if events are conspiring to disallow this need, then what?  The word staycation was coined in the last couple of years to express the opportunity to explore your own cityscape as a tourist in short bursts that might only require a day or two away from the office.  Or only the weekend.

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If we can afford a getaway, make sure that the mind comes along.  Physically going to a new place, but mentally staying in the groove of office needs is a hazard in this day of smartphones and WiFi.  If not, once you return you could find that you are physically in the office, but mentally elsewhere – vacantly staring into space.

 

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Paid Time Off – Holidays – Independence

Good morning on this day before the National 4th of July Holiday in the U.S.

photo credit: Wikipedia

photo credit: Wikipedia

 

The holiday which celebrates independence as a country – and as I heard said at a meeting yesterday, the best sort of no pressure holiday; all about food, fun, friends and family.  Some of the young fellows in my neighborhood have already been practicing their fireworks lighting skills, just in case they got rusty since last year.

 

For my U.S. readers, I hope that this day brings you a little paid independence from your work place – maybe some lazy time to fill with outdoor eating, friendly gatherings, parades, fireworks and maybe a bit of beer.  (And since it falls on a Thursday this year, perhaps even a nice long, leisurely weekend.)

 

For my readers elsewhere in the world, I hope that you too have some point in the year when you can enjoy a day of independence from the work day toil, a day out of the ordinary mundane working tasks to enjoy with those that you choose to pass pleasant time.

 

The warm weather and sunshine that we Americans expect as a natural part of this holiday increases the ebullience.  We should all be quite pleased that fashions have changed during the history of this country because I don’t imagine that the many layers of jackets, cravats, wigs, hose, etc. were particularly comfortable in steamy weather.

 

Independence is a wonderful gift – dreamed of fervently by children doing adult bidding everywhere.  In the midst of the revelry, I hope that you each get a moment to smile about this freedom.

 

I hope that all have a Happy and Safe 4th, I’ll see you here again on Friday the 5th.

 

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Our Brains on Summer

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Everyone who knows me is going to cry foul – so do as I say here and not as I have done in the past and get out of the office to take in some sunshine and fresh breezes as many days as you can.

 

Why?  Because your brain will thank you.

 

Why?  Because vitamin D directly from the sun is the best kind.

 

Why?  Because we should all channel our inner child periodically and watch the clouds scuttle across the sky.

 

Why?  Because people watching is an interesting pastime.

 

To fulfill all of these whys, and just for funsies – leave your phone and your pad and all other electronic devices in the car or the office.  Partake in the sounds of nature along with the sights.

 

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