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Finding the OFF Button

After a day-long bout of travel that offered multiple patience training opportunities, the family and I are now happily ensconced in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.  (Yes, yes, I know it’s not security conscious of me to  share in real-time.  Let me just say, the homestead has not been left unguarded.  I was sure to arm the house sitter with a fully stocked gun closet and a pair of burly SEALS.  I’m hoping the handsome SEALs don’t distract her from pulling the trigger on intruders if necessary.)

The most challenging part of vacation day one?  Sitting still.

Yep, my OFF button has been buried so deep, I’ve spent the first part of my vacation relearning how to plant my ass in one place and just chill.  This isn’t a challenging directive at home because exhaustion tends to lend a helping hand.  Here, it’s a whole new ballgame.

My relaxation challenge was further exacerbated by the fact that beaches and pools do not mix well with electronics…which is where all my books are stored.  Thank God, my buddy Marilyn Pappano gave me her latest release, A Hero To Come Home To before I left town or I’d have been screwed.

The good news is, I’ve finally begun to settle into a slow moving groove.  I actually sat beneath a swath of palm trees for a good forty-five minutes late this afternoon engaged only in people watching.

Well, ok.  I might have slipped in a little multi-tasking with a tasty margarita.

Tomorrow I shall preserver to the next level of relaxation as hubby and I have scheduled a couples massage.  I’ll report my findings as soon as I’m certain I’ve sampled all resort desert options.

Anyone else go on vacation recently and get a brutal reminder of how hard it is to just sit and enjoy?

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  • Reply
    July 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    LOL, Holly! Glad the paperback is filling in.

    I spent a year or two working at doing nothing. (Sounds silly, doesn’t it?) I always did multiple things at a time, and one day I decided to stop. Now, when I sit outside in the shade and listen to the chimes, that’s all I do. No books, Kindle, magazines, crossword puzzles, music, etc. allowed. I try to just sit and BE at least once a day.

    Have fun down there! I find it a lot easier to just BE in Cozumel!

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    CJ Burright
    July 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Soooooo jealous right now. Having trouble relaxing on the beach with a margarita is a problem I wouldn’t mind solving firsthand. Enjoy your trip!

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    Susan Jaymes
    July 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    In this fast paced world it is hard to just sit. I do love people watching though and with a margarita in hand it makes it even more enjoyable. I hope you enjoy your vacation.

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    July 3, 2013 at 2:51 am

    It’s understandable that you needed a margarita to sit and people watch since Marilyn’s book is about the women in the Margarita Club. (Don’t you love it? She got a good scald on that one!)
    BTW: Tell your person on the home front that if she needed help with the burly SEALS that I’m available.
    Oh. With intruders, too.

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    T.D. Hart
    July 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

    You’re singing my song, sister!

    That sense of ‘things left undone’ keeps my mind moving long after I’ve told it to stop. Problem is, my to-do list is a Rolodex.

    The good news is that, with practice, I’ve learned to set the list aside, breathe, and watch the trees sway in the warm breeze. In those quiet moments I feel the mighty underlying rhythm in the universe, and know I belong.

    Peace at last.

    Then, one of my kids yells at his or her sibling. (Gotta love motherhood, right?)

    Cheers…and Happy Sitting!


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    Karen McFarland
    July 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Rhenna, you really do need to hit that off button girl. What are you doing blogging on vacation? Don’t you know that is a no, no? Step away from the keyboard! Now! I hope you and hubby enjoy your couples massage and anything else that may happen afterwards. Now don’t worry about us. We’ll still be here and will expect a full report when you get back. Have a wonderful time! 🙂

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    Gretchen Wing
    July 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Gotta agree with Karen. It’s a great post, but: you done good, now quit, lock up the computer, and go soak up la playa.

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