"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from."
Alert the East Hampton Star! I have left my five mile radius of East Hampton!
I am currently sitting in the JetBlue terminal at JFK feeling like the luckiest because I get to enjoy the gorgeousness of the Turks & Caicos with my amazing family in just a few short hours. As bizarre and dumb as it sounds, I was actually a little sad to leave the sweet little home I’ve found in the Hamptons...especially in the middle of summer when one week feels like an entire season.
My journey here this morning reminded me how lucky I am to have a ridiculously balanced life. I was on the LIRR into Queens at 6am and was immediately reminded of why I left the city. Every one is rushing. Every one seems stressed. Every one seems anxious. And there I was, moseying along with my yoga mat and orange juice without a care in the world.
My most recent sappy beach read (yes... a beach read that I learned something from) really made me think about balance in life. It’s more than just feeling like you’re on vacation in the Hamptons every day (though there is nothing better). It’s about realizing what’s important. What will bounce back...and what won’t.
Here is the story the author tells...
“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls--family, health, friends, and integrity-- are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.”
-James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
I love how he says, “ the beginnings of balance in your life”. Understanding the lesson is not enough. It’s a process. It’s a continuous choice. It takes constant awareness. It takes checking back in.
So I’ve checked in with how my juggling act is going, and while I may think I’ve had an amazingly balanced life--- My life in the Hamptons has actually made me focus less on my family. I have a tendency to get very caught up in the people here in front of me, and picking up the phone to call and check in is sometimes an after thought. So this week away is less about relaxation, and more about family. No...it's all about my family. Unplugging. Being present with them. Enjoying every moment with them. Reconnecting and making amazing memories.
Check in on your juggling act. Make sure it’s a good one and that you're not letting anything slip.
All my love,