Ahead of a long awaited vacation, it occurred to me that one reason I am so looking forward for this time off, is because while away, regardless of the location to which I would be traveling, or the activities I will be engaged in, I am relieved of my day to day responsibilities. It then further occurred to me that the similar happens when I fall sick. Occasionally, when I do become ill, it is, I believe, for much the same cause. In other words, I am overloaded with commitments at work and elsewhere, not allowing myself any real downtime. The result is that as soon as the major stress cause subsides, the body gives way and illness settles in, allowing me a forbidden rest.
Looking at all this as an outside observer, it is quite clear that the choice to continue working without downtime is foolish; that if the body will not get what it needs one way, it will surely claim it another way. Thus the choice is simple – vacation or illness. Hmm… a no-brainer for some, a tough decision for those of us who tend to learn the hard way.
Learned from: reflection on an up and coming vacation