As we quickly approach the end of the year, many of us will be heading out on vacation. For you, vacation may look like going on a trip to Hawaii or it may be staying at home in your jammies watching old movies and eating Chinese food for five days. Regardless of what you plan to do during this time of year, I feel it's important that we allow ourselves to be in the actual moment.
To best articulate the concept of being in the moment, I'd like to share a very special poem called "The Vacation" by Wendell Berry.
Once there was a man who filmed his vacation.
He went flying down the river in his boat
with his video camera to his eye, making
a moving picture of the moving river
upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly
toward the end of his vacation. He showed
his vacation to his camera, which pictured it,
preserving it forever: the river, the trees,
the sky, the light, the bow of his rushing boat
behind which he stood with his camera
preserving his vacation even as he was having it
so that after he had had it he would still
have it. It would be there. With a flick
of a switch, there it would be. But he
would not be in it. He would never be in it.
How does this poem make you feel? What does it make you notice about your own habits with your phone or camera? Would you be willing to consider being present in some of your vacation moments during this holiday season?
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