Even though the weather was predicted to be lousy, we had an opportunity to head down to the Florida Keys for a few days. Well, we've had a blast and it's occurred to me there are few things in life that beat a great road trip. It was something that happened regularly in my college days, but since I was such an academic screw up, I never really thought of it as having therapeutic value.
I'm not suggesting for a second our life is tough, but as a couple, life does sometimes get in the way. It dawned on both of us it would be fun to get out of town and change the environment. I know I risk a little backlash on the concept since so many of our good friends are being hammered right now by "Jonas" and can't go anywhere. In fact, my roomie from college called me last night to congratulate us on our move to Florida four years ago - he's currently under 32 inches of snow near Gettysburg.
So, here's my point and it's more a "do as I say, not as I do" suggestion. Force yourself to take time off with your significant other. It doesn't have to be extravagant and a trip of a lifetime. Sometimes just a short memory-maker is all you need to help you stay focused on what makes each of you significant to the other.
The shot of the butterfly and the anonymous quote I used for this post today are prime examples. We visited the Key West Butterfly Conservatory yesterday and spent an hour in awe of the beauty and colors in a creature that only lives for two weeks. In fact, Sheila made a comment to another visitor, " I think God made a mistake!" Her response was equally relevant, "Yeah, why couldn't he give roaches just two weeks!"
It's not a heavy concept this morning, but it is important. Take the time to make memories. Recognize when it just might be one of your best decisions to walk away from the business for a few days and spend time with that one person you care the most about.
As always, make it a great day today and give somebody special an eleven-second hug. Pat yourself on the back for working as hard as you do and don't fight change. That anonymous quote I found says it all,