(This post has not been edited for errors. These are my raw, honest thoughts.)
Here are my reflections on a six day vacation I took back in mid-March:
1. I truly believe that everyone needs to plan a vacation for their vacation. What I mean by this is that I went back to the office the very next day. What I really needed was sometime to rest from the traveling and time to reflect on my time away. Basically I needed to ease my mind and body back to the grind of the work place and pace, so I can be the best worker and person I can be to those I do life with on a daily basis…
2. The grass is always greener on the other side – and sometimes it is. Honestly, Oregon is definitely greener than Colorado… The two friends that I went to hangout with, work in the same profession as I do. And after spending sometime at my their workplace, I was able to see and experience a similar type of work environment that functions slightly different than the one I’m a part of. There were some aspects that made it a healthier environment and visa-versa. They have a smaller organization, with a lot fewer staff and less oversight than the one I’m a part of; so there were times I needed to remember to put things into perspective… Needless to say, there were times I wished I worked at that place. If for any reason alone they are a hop, skip, and a jump from the Pacific Ocean… Don’t get me wrong, the Rocky Mountains are awesome, but I’m a seafaring fella.
Anyways… Instead of feeling like I need to find a new job; I came away with the idea that I needed to help precipitate sea-change within the organization that I am a part of – basically help be a part of the solution… I love my friends and I love what they are accomplishing in and through their organization, but I must say that I am equally fond of what we are accomplishing as well. I am fortunate to serve alongside the people I get to each and everyday. They are some of the best and hardest working people I know. God has definitely blessed me to be at LifeBridge… I look forward to see what the future holds for us and to what God will be doing through us in the years to come through our focus on neighboring and neighborhoods.
3. When coming back from vacation always come back with a sense of humor. What could go wrong usually does while your away, and to top it off the work load gets bigger not smaller. I have found that laughing at these things make the transition from vacation to work easier. For-instance, when trying to enter into my work place in the morning of my first day back, my keycard didn’t work – someone had to let me into the building. Once inside, everyone was looking at me as if I shouldn’t be there or as if they hadn’t ever seen me before. There was a new person on staff (Possibly my replacement which was the first initial thought… JK). As if these two items weren’t enough, I couldn’t login to my email, file folders, and calendar. It was as if I didn’t exist anymore on the payroll. So instead of being completely frustrated, I thought to myself they could have at least told me I was fired while I was in Oregon so I could have stayed there… Long story short, people thought I was suppose to be gone longer than I actually was, my keycard and login passwords were expired and the new person on staff, well that theory is still debatable…
Finally I realized that vacations are good and I need to take more of them.