Archive for October, 2012

October 1, 2012

#46) The Challenge of a Vacation

Recently, a friend of mine posted the following on his Facebook page:

“When you let go of all you THINK you need to do, and get really quiet, and stop rushing around, and just listen…

In that quiet is a profound, amazing, abundant, powerful message.”

It is in that spirit that I embark on a month-long vacation from Trail Head Enterprises, governing body of Nobody Hikes in L.A., my writing for Examiner and LAist, my stock photo portfolios and all other hiking related business.   As part of my absence, I won’t even look online to see how well all of those things are doing.  In a way that’s the real challenge – to detox myself from feedback, information and the like.

It’s a challenge of omission, not commission; it points to an interesting irony of the digital age: sometimes it’s harder to relax than to work.   It reminds me of the concept of Sabbath, when orthodox Jews don’t work from Friday sundown until Saturday sundown.  “Not working”, in this case, ends up being more difficult than working: you have to walk two miles to temple because starting the car is work; you can’t use electricity because turning on a switch is work.  But for many people who observe the Sabbath, it becomes more about focusing on the things that are the most important to them, such as family and faith, without letting distractions get in the way.

I’m combining that idea with the one expressed by my friend, and have decided to let myself experience the quiet of not “having” to hike, blog about it, take photos.  All of the above will be waiting for me in a month, and in the absence of day to day minutiae, I hope that a big picture will become clearer.  As the song says, I will enjoy the silence.

See you in November.