Getting Away From It All

What do you do to "get away from it all?" You know: to escape the hum-drum ordinary life you live, to a place that is completely "other," where you can truly relax and de-stress.

This Summer, I have been very fortunate in this regard. I've gotten away to several wonderful places, including Germany, the Berkshires, and Maine.

In Germany, we attended several Women's World Cup soccer games, and visited Mainz, Stuttgart, and Berlin. In the Berkshires, we attended several concerts at Tanglewood including Yo Yo Ma playing Schumann. And in Maine, we drove to such far-off places as Lubec, Eastpoint, and Campobello Island in Canada.

What do these diverse places have in common? In every case, my wife and I were with old friends.

The poet Emily Dickinson wrote: "My friends are my estate."

There is a warm soothing effect that comes over you when you spend a few relaxing days in the company of friends. Talking, remembering, crying, laughing.

So, paradoxically, one of the keys to "getting away from it all" is taking vacation with friends.

Someone once said that friends help you to discover yourself.

Have you gotten away from it all yet this Summer? If not, there is still time left. What are you waiting for? Call up a friend and tell them you are coming to visit.

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday August 21, 2011


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