You’re on vacation, enjoying the sights and sounds of relaxing surroundings, when all of a sudden it hits. Did I lock the back door? Did I forget to leave enough food for the pets? Is the garage door open? Usually, it’s no big deal because you’re certain you remembered to do those things, right? You try to remember every detail hoping that will be enough to assure you, but then you wonder if you left the iron on, or forgot to water the plants, or leave a key with the neighbor for emergencies. There are plenty of things to forget about that can cause turmoil and spoil your relaxation. So, unless you want to turn around and go home on a hunch that you forgot something, you’re going to have to remember to forget about some things and trust that everything will be okay when you get back.
This can be a challenge for many of us because we’ve grown up believing that only perfection brings protection from pitfalls. We think that only when we have all the checklists checked and all the pieces put together can we take time for ourselves and enjoy the journey called, Life. But perfection is a misnomer and will lead to a misdemeanor if you don’t realize that life is not about perfection, but the direction we’re headed. In the long run it does not matter whether all your junk mail is sorted or the lawn is mowed every week, or you missed an episode of your favorite sitcom. It won’t matter what you forgot to take on the trip, but whether or not you still took the trip and more importantly than what you forgot, will be what you remembered.
Did you remember to spend time reconnecting and getting reacquainted with yourself and your loved ones? Did you remember how to laugh, to love, to lead? Vacations aren’t only escapes to forget things, but a refuge to recharge and get ready to get back into the daily battles with renewed energy and a more positive perspective. Learning to forget can be the hardest thing to remember, but it will bring the most peace of mind and joy into our imperfect lives. May we each remember to forget the things and don’t matter, and not forget to remember the things that matter the most. Find your direction and enjoy the journey.