A vacation is not 9 days of intense physical and spiritual activity. That may be necessary and fun and beloved, but it is not a vacation. It is Service, done so that The People May Live.
Peace @ People's Park - the painting
A vacation is not 3 days of cooking for 160+ people. That also may be fun, and spiritual and educational, but it is not a vacation. It is Community Service, done in support of family, clan and tribe, it is vital and fulfilling, but it is not a vacation.
A Vacation (with a capital V) is unscheduled. It does not contain any hard time schedules except for arrival, and departure. All else is negotiable and fluid. All else may be altered or amended at any moment should something more enticing present itself. This is a Vacation, the ability to flow. To sit for an unspecified amount of time looking at the lake and then to wander unhurriedly to other visiting spots and stops, To leave at the last possible moment and always arrive right on time. To stop at a local watering hole for a couple minutes, which turns into an hour plus because out-of-town friends you haven't seen in five years just happened to be in town and stop in too! With their beautiful spirits and voices, and their guitar and ukelele, and a willingness to share their music immediately upon request with all.
This is A Vacation. A place where the plans of everyday life are discarded in favor of the magic of just being fully present and letting everything flow as it wishes.
At Lughnassadh this year I promised myself 2 things. It wasnt til last weekend that I realized one of those things was in reality, to consciously plan and block out on my calendar to experience, one Vacation Day each week of my life at minimum moving forward.
This might possibly be the first goal I have ever set that I can't wait to start "working" on.
This image is going to all my clients in the next two months, and onto my fridge tonight so that I do not forget.