Take A Vacation From Yourself

The Joy of Being Spontaneous – Blog #5


It’s July and we really begin to think about vacations and taking time to rejuvenate.  I have a new idea for you to consider.  This idea shakes up our routine.  Let me explain.  Plan a week or so for this unconventional vacation.  During this time make an extra effort to stop all types of negativity even the subtle ones. See you you can find something to take a vacation from on the list below. 


  • Abstain criticizing or condemning others, especially your family and co-workers
  • Stop all forms of gossip or sharing stories that are not flattering
  • Refrain from exasperated mannerisms or facial expressions that show frustration or annoyances–even if they seem justified. 
  • Withhold the discussion of your aches or pains
  • Suspend worrisome thoughts or speech. 
  • Refuse to participate in negative self-talk

So for one week or so, take a vacation from all negativity in any form.  Still with me?  Still, want to go on this vacation?  Even if you are pretty positive, take a microscope to your life and investigate any hidden negativity. 


During this interesting vacation, your main objective will be to think, speak and act in alignment with our favorite verse Philippians 4:8, “Whatever things are true, whatever things are pure, whatever things lovely, whatever things are of good report if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” 













What to do on this unusual vacation…

  • Keep your mind and your mouth occupied with what is beautiful, excellent, true, just, and worthy of praise.  
  • Pray and forgive above and beyond what you usually do, whatever that may be.  
  • Verbally seek opportunities to encourage family, friends, and co-workers. 
  • Defend any target of gossip
  • Predict positive outcomes
  • Review your blessings, especially the little ones
  • Smile more
  • Laugh more
  • Read instead of TV
  • Take a break from the news
  • Explore food that is new for you
  • Take a different route to work or home 
  • Change up your exercise routine or add one 
  • Visit or contact friends you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Shake up your spiritual life and do something different


These are just a few ways we can take a vacation from ourselves and our routine, sometimes call a rut.  Stir the pot and get creative!  Come up with your own ideas.  You may never want to go back home to the old way again. Recruit a friend to go on this vacation with you and share the experience.  

PS: Comment below and share with me your vacation and how it impacted your life.  Share it on Facebook with #breakingoutrut




Until next time,


Warmest wishes for a Vibrant Life!



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