Holidays and Healing at Carefree Manor

September 5, 2010

The sea air clears my head, the sound of the waves sooth my soul, the sun blankets me in warmth, the grass invites me to rest; resistance is impossible. I lie down on the gentle slope in front of our cottage and immediately fall asleep. That was yesterday afternoon and now as I sit on the couch in Carefree Manor writing I feel that I’ve shed my anxieties and will be able to enjoy our holiday.

The name of our little cabin is much grander than the reality. But we have the basics: propane stove, electricity for lights and fridge, a flush toilet, running water (cold only) and a wood stove to take the chill out of the morning air. The verandah looks out at Georgia Strait as the tugs, fishing boats and cruise ships share the waterway. For me there is no better place in the world to mess around, savor life and reevaluate what’s important and what’s not.

What do I have to reevaluate? Well, let me give you a rundown of the past 8 months. Since the launch of my new website earlier this year my life has gone viral. I‘ve blogged, tweeted, Linkedin, and Facebooked  daily. I’ve learned to track the hits on my website through google analytics and I’ve even managed to get my website onto page one when you search for feldenkrais sites.

Something has to give; superficially it’s eaten into my T.V. viewing (which was negligible to start with) and cut into my nap time; but what’s been more deeply affected is my ability to mess around. When was the last time (before this holiday) that I spent time staring at my garden ot musing over the sunset? When was the last time i experimented with a new color palate or worked on my novel? When did I plan a dinner party for the friends I haven’t seen in the last 8 months? I can’t remember. Instead I spend my life staring at my computer screen, answering emails and tweeting about my latest blog posting.

Here in our cabin with few distractions I start to question what I've been doing.  Why do I tweet? Does anyone actually check out any of the tweets I send out? Is it really all that important to know what the trends are and will that have any impact on my life today, next week or next year? Is tweeting going to give me a better quality life? How much time am I willing to put into something that may or may not have a beneficial impact on my life? Is it more important to spend time on Facebook with virtual friends or with real friends discussing life over a great lunch?

When I’m sitting out on the verandah with my coffee watching the water and not my computer screen it all seems so ridiculous. Why would I ever want to leave Carefree Manor to go back to my life on-line? 

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