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Vacation…

I just returned from vacation; actually, a “stay-cation”.  Hermited for a few; just me, my wife, our dog and our horses.  No deadlines; no stress – just horse manure; dog treats; relaxing; and recharging!

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. 

Earl Wilson

We sprint for as long as we can – then rest and recharge via vacation.  And when I vacation, I unplug.  Do you?  I know… when I returned to work Tuesday, I had 289 emails waiting for me, too.  I’m still catching up.  But that’s OK; when I was gone, I was “gone”.

During my vacation from my full-time job, I actually worked in my other job – my wife’s company.  We staffed a booth at Taste of Colorado Thursday through Monday; 7:30 am until 10:30 pm.  15 hour days in 90-degree heat – now she’s ready for a vacation!

No rest for the weary.  One’s heavy workload is due to one’s own choice. 

Unknown Sage

Truth be told, we don’t have a high-stress jobs.  Stress in our world is self-imposed.  We take what we do seriously.  For those of you like us I know you can relate – we are all professionals at our profession, don’t you agree?  Perfection may not be demanded by others, but we professionals believe we should do our best to the best of our ability.

Work for professionals like us is fulfilling.  And for those of us lucky to be in fulfilling professions, we would like to enjoy this fulfillment for as long as we are able, true?  That premise coupled with the start of the football season, brings Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas to mind:

Live today, and every day, to the fullest; with awe and enthusiasm; because when you die, you’re dead for a long, long time.

This time of year, we hear of NFL players who don’t want to retire; still want to play in the lime light; don’t know what to do next.  The problem in athletics is Father Time is undefeated.  We all have to find our “next” in our lifetime.

And now I’m back, I’m rested; recharged; and ready to re-engage with my fulfilling work.  I continue to support my wife and her company – no rest ‘til Brooklyn for her I’m afraid.  Thanks Beastie Boys!

But that’s OK – she loves the company she launched four years ago as her “next”.  She has never been so engaged.  Even at our age, she and I found our wonderfully fulfilling “next”.  Still fending off Father Time; with awe and enthusiasm!

Not everyone though.  According to survey after survey in 2017 employee engagement is at historical lows.  Certain recent research suggests as many as 70% of employees are not fully engaged in their work.  70%!  Did they not take a vacation?  Or when they were gone, were they actually not “gone”?  Didn’t know how to “unplug”?

Can it be as simple as simply unplugging when you’re on vacation?  Or is there more to it?  Do 7 of 10 employees today really hate their job?  Scary!  Maybe we need to lighten things up a bit:

Oh, you hate your job?  Why didn’t you say so?  There’s a support group for that.  It’s called everybody, and they meet at the bar. 

Drew Carey

Come on 70%’ers; before hoping for some miraculous “next” without engagement – get out of the bar; take a vacation; unplug; and then get back in the game called life.  Johnny Unitas would if he were here today.

GAP

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2 Comments


  1. Harley Knosher
    Sep 08, 2017

    Gary,

    Your description of vacation sounds like my definition of retirement. In either case it is great to be able to let everything go.

    Love,
    Harley


    • Gary
      Sep 13, 2017

      Thanks as always Coach… for reading and commenting on my comments. And yes, taking a break from a break-neck pace is good for all of us. Thx, GAP

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