Story and Photo by Gloria Woolridge
It is spring! It seems that summer passes quickly here on P.E.I., so the thought today is to plan ahead to make the most of the season before it actually occurs.
How? Schedule a recurring appointment for a weekly mini vacation into your iPhone or Smartphone this summer. A mini vacation is a few hours set aside in your regular routine to stop. Yes, stop – long enough to enjoy the weather, think happy thoughts, and allow yourself to simply be. Taking time to do this will increase the likelihood of having lots of treasured moments to reflect upon, rather than seeing little more than a blur when you look back at your summer.
Cost and preparation is minimal; the reward, great. We tend to rush around allowing our schedules to be dictated by the tyranny of the urgent: family, work, appointments, and daily responsibilities. We tell ourselves we are going to sit on the deck to relax and before we know it, those few precious hours we thought we had somehow have disappeared, and it is time to go to bed only to get up and do it all over again the next day.
May I suggest a mini vacation spot? The Gardens of Hope at the P.E.I. Preserve Company is one of my choice spots to take a lawn chair or a blanket for a mini vacation. Getting in my car and driving there is doable, and it is a way to relax without the constant visual reminder of laundry, yard work, or giving in to the temptation to answer e-mail.
There is something very refreshing about being surrounded by flowers, green grass, water, and silence that refreshes and recharges the spirit. That atmosphere of peace, the visual of beautiful birds and flowers (this year the butterfly houses will be active, and feeling the wind on one’s face – all those things that activate our senses are truly something Mastercard© cannot buy!
After a bit of solitude, take a walk around the property, through the woods, and mosey down to the P.E.I Preserve Company and order a cup of tea or coffee along with a snack and enjoy it without interruption. While you are enjoying it, take a few moments and reflect on all the things for which you are thankful as this mini vacation is a worry-free, thankful zone. The neat thing is, the more you consciously cultivate an attitude of gratitude, the more things you will find for which to be thankful.
You will be amazed at how this practice will enrich your summer. The owners of the P.E.I. Preserve Company have worked hard to provide a TOB (thing of beauty) for Islanders and visitors alike. Enjoy what they have created, plan your time wisely, and have lots of mini vacations this year!