I feel like a vacation is the perfect time to gain some perspective on your life. A good time to step back, unwind, and look at things more clearly. Something that I really struggle with is looking at the bigger picture.
I know the ever present example is "Will this matter 5 years from now? 10 years?"
I so very often get caught up in the stress of the moment, or wanting something done right that second. I have never been known for being a patient person!
However, as I get a little bit older (and maybe a little wiser?) I am starting to realize the giant list of things I want, or things that I need to get done, are all relative.
Part of that realization is why I took this trip. Yes I could have easily spent this money on my never ending list of things I want to do to the house or some new clothes that I have been eyeing. But for the sake of my mental health and in order to have some one-on-one time with my mom (which doesn't happen as often as I would like) we decided to vacation instead. Even if we are trying to make this the world's cheapest trip to the beach, I know we will look back and be so glad we decided to go, as opposed to keeping, what will someday be an insignificant amount of money, in savings! And will it really matter in five years if I had to wait two more months to get porch railing, or if I got to spend some time with my mom?
The point is that I know that I will fail. I will mess up and make mistakes. When I look back over those mistakes though, I want to be able to find some solace in the fact that my decisions and my focus were made around my family and those that I care about. Money is necessary, a nice house, clothes, and pretty things are fun to have, and can even bring us satisfaction to some degree and a feeling of pride. But when it comes down to it, what are your biggest priorities in life?
I hope when people look at my life they see God, my family, and those that I care about are my biggest priorities. Our love for both ourselves and others should come from an understanding of God's love for us. It is that love that brings us true joy and contentment, which is something I strive for. I want the people I care about to be the driving force behind why I do what I do. I work hard to provide a better life for them, and so that they might be proud of me. I want to be able to provide the best, and educationally based care to my patients, so I push myself in my career as a nurse. I hope that I can be known as someone to give big, big grace to others. I don't want to become so caught up in my goals and to-do lists that I miss out. I hope that I don't let my pride get in the way of enjoying sweet moments with friends and family.
Don't let our materialistic world tell you what's important. Our culture so often pushes for bigger, better, and more. Find what is important to you and then fight for it like mad.