Posts have been a bit slow from Jill and I recently because…
…we were both on vacation in Ireland and the UK!
It was great to get away for a few weeks and have a proper vacation. Chatting with a friend, I realized that the gift of this particular trip was the chance to live “duty-free” for a few weeks. I still had to answer emails every other day and I made sure to write postcards to my family, but otherwise I was able to shed all obligations and simply live out each day’s demands as they occurred. And if I made it to all the sites, great; if not, there wasn’t the sense that I hadn’t completed the day.
Of course, since returning from vacation I have been bombarded with my no-longer-suspended obligations: find a place to live, start a new work project and prepare for the two workshops I’m teaching next week. And in some ways, that’s as it should be. Life accumulates meaning and purpose through the commitments we make, and the duties that we choose (or that choose us!).
What my vacation taught me, however, is that I can’t let my obligations consume me until I see nothing else. It taught me to see my commitments in the proper perspective; as promises made by a single, small person who can’t do everything at once. My vacation taught me, in an experiential way, the truth of the words “…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”