This holiday season I spent two entire weeks with my immediate family in Alaska.
It was very enjoyable with lots of time with family, and a little bit of creative working on the side. I chose to place family first on my priorities while there (as it is most of the time in my normal work week), and only worked if I had a little extra time, or if the family was watching a TV show I didn't care for (I'm not much for reality shows).
On my last days there, I realized I had learned a few things during my time. Even though I wasn't doing a ton of reading or a whole lot of writing, I made some new distinctions which I wanted to share with you.
Here are my, Learnings from Alaska:
- We all have a gift to give Jesus for his birthday – This came from a message I heard from Pastor Brian Miller. He gave the message a few weeks before Christmas, and the last question he asked before he ended his message was, What present will you give to Jesus for his birthday? Man, that got me thinking, and I realized that the greatest gift I could give to Jesus was my quiet, undivided attention to him.
- Time away renews our strength – At the end of 2009, I really felt burnt out. I could sense that my body didn't quite feel right, and my mind wasn't as clear and strong as normal. It was tough to deal with cause I normally perform at a pretty high level in my work. I demand a lot out of myself and when I'm not performing at 100 percent, it really shows and I know it. As I took time away, I could feel my strength start to return and become better. I started to feel more centered and more aligned with who I am and what I stand for.
- When with family, be with family – Earlier I shared with you a little bit about how I make family my top priority. As I went to Alaska, I brought all kinds of work I could have done. Lots of books to read, articles to write, events to plan. But most of it didn't get touched while I was there. I committed to be with family both in body and mind. I had traveled 3,000 miles to visit them, and I wanted to make sure I gave them my undivided attention. So I only worked if I was up early before anyone else was awake or if they were watching a TV show I didn't care for.