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Restoration is good for the soul

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...and my soul is what I have to give! 

 “Any travel plans this summer?” I asked my friend at a networking event.  He’s a nonprofit exec for a neighborhood service agency on the east side. 

“Yes, trying to schedule two weeks together – I haven’t done that in years, it’s hard.”  It can be hard, and I remember the point in my career that I learned that it is far too valuable to give up. 

Two weeks to prepare to get away and the last 3 days of that is frantic.  Three days at the beginning of the trip recovering from the preparation days, and another three days on the end traveling home and getting mentally ready to go back.  On a true two-calendar-week trip of 16 days that leaves me ten sweet days in the middle – detached, distracted, unplugged, untethered.

"By surviving passages of doubt and depression on the vocational journey, I have become clear about at least one thing:  self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. "                       

 Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Parker Palmer calls self-care “good stewardship.”  We are each a unique gift to the world and must care for that gift.  I’m doing it this month and I’m happy about it!   if my photo-sharing helps trigger some stewardship for your gift I’ll be even more happy.

Follow me on my journey on Instagram @buzz_scott_55 if you want to get a glimpse.