Up here, people travel down there for spring break. I’ve watched them on Facebook, posting the images of low hanging hammocks, sunset beaches, sun-burnt faces and water games that have entertained their family over this past week.
But today it is, as they say, “back to reality.” Up here, it’s still cold, not as cold as a month ago but the ground is still snow-laden and the chilly breeze forces the brim of your coat to to sneak up over your cheeks.
Given the dichotomy of climates and experiences, how do you transition back from the relaxing to the daily? Here are a few suggestions:
- Thank God for the time. Yes, your inbox is overflowing like an unwatched pot of boiling water. Yes, you’ll have to play catch up for the next few days. But why do we forget to thank God for being able to relax a bit? He did it on the 7th day. As you venture back to busyness, take a moment to say thank you.
- Begin your day slower than normal. If you’re a runner and you take a significant break, the worst thing for your muscles is to begin again in a full sprint. Transition takes time. Don’t dive right into to the urgent until you have a good handle on the important.
- Take “mini-Spring-Breaks” throughout your first day back. Every hour or two, pull out the pictures from this past week. Spend a moment remembering something funny that happened, something intense, something relaxing and something that caused you joy. These mental breaks will also help the transition.
- When someone asks, share a very very short story. Especially if you had a great time, your tendency will be to share every detail of your spring break in the hopes that that person will FEEL what you felt. They won’t. Mostly, they don’t care. So think through one or two brief “high level” experiences. Here are a few phrases:
- “It was a great time to reconnect with our family.”
- “The best part was being able to ___________________”
- “I had a great time. It gave me a chance to _________________”
Remember that you don’t have to wait until the March/April time frame to take a break. It is important to follow God’s example and take time away every day, week, month and year. (Read about that Here).
“By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done.” Genesis 2:2-3