A New Destination
American writer, Henry Miller once wrote, “one’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.“ I firmly believe there is joy in experiencing a new way of seeing and doing things. It helps broaden our minds, our attitudes and our well-being.
Many would say I am an avid traveler, always seeking new adventures with my family. Whether we are driving up a mountain in Nevis to see the birthplace of the real Alexander Hamilton, or learning to drive on the correct side of the road in England; I have come to realize how blessed my family of four has been. We have had opportunities to travel around the world. It is not for the faint of heart, since it does take a commitment of time and money that could easily be used for household expenses like that leaky pipe. Travel is our thing; we get in the car or on a plane to see what the world has to offer. We find joy in the experience and traveling helps us see things differently.
The joy of seeing new things comes largely from our vacation planning process, which is like forming a new joint venture. There is brainstorming, sharing of ideas, discussion of needs and then negotiation based on budget and timing. I am so proud when my children pick a destination because of a museum or historical site and even more intrigued when the planning involves naptime, great linen and good food.
The happiness you feel when planning the details of a vacation and actually taking one has real health benefits. Science has proven that taking time away from the job can have physical and psychological health benefits and improves your mental health. If you want to lower your risk of heart disease, John de Graaf, author of Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America and president of the Take Back Your Time nonprofit organization, says take a regular vacation. The implications of resting your mind are a good thing. Vacations reduce stress and the pre-trip happiness you get from planning a relaxing holiday is beneficial.
We have an innate desire to wander or experiencing something different and once we have it can be classified as pure joy. I encourage you to plan a vacation, since the health benefits of doing so are just too numerous to ignore. Why miss the charm of a seeing a new destination, whether it’s around the corner or around the world. After all is said and done, the antonym for the word JOY is WORK.
Filed under: Mind/Body/Soul
Sharon is a daughter, sister, proud mother & well-loved wife. She calls herself a #socialmedia storyteller and definitely not a guru. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Follower her on twitter at @sharonlroy and @chefandbride.