Happiness, Learning, Mind, Nature

Three Things I Learned on Vacation

person on mountain top

One of my favorite things about going on vacation is having more time to read. While I am too prone to motion sickness to read in a car, I am usually able to read on a plane. During several long flights, I ended up reading more over the past two weeks than I have read in the past few months. Here are a couple things I learned or thought about during my time away.

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Spiritual Homes

photo of coastline with cliffs

Not long ago, I spoke to someone who said he thinks his spiritual home is in Ghana in West Africa. He’s afraid that if he goes there, he might not ever want to leave. This is, in part, why he has never been. I find this idea of spiritual homes intriguing. Of course, I think he should drop what he’s doing and go there immediately. A love so strong should not be left unrequited. But I get it—things are rarely that simple. And perhaps if he does go, it won’t be what he imagined anyway. Part of our longing for a place, or for anything, is shaped by the story we’ve created around it.

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Personal Mission Statement

Do things that matter. See the world.

A few years ago, I decided to write a personal mission statement for myself. It was 2011 to be exact and it was not the first time, nor the last, that I found myself flailing in a sea of existential angst. One thing I’ve learned over time is that, thankfully, these spells don’t tend to last long. My recipe for existential angst involves a somewhat annoying episode of navel gazing with a splash of ennui, topped off with the Big Questions.

Why are we here? What am I doing with my life?  

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