I recently mentioned the need for vacations together. Lori Lowe’s Blog put me onto the CNN article Why your brain needs vacations that takes the idea much further. The article says “…many people have epiphanies when they travel because they can view their life back home from a more detached, outsider’s view.”
One part of the life that we can see differently when we vacation is our marriage. Getting out of the “rut”, having more time together, less we have to do, less stress, and more sleep, all change our perspective. Even a couple of days helps, a week or more helps in s a big way. Some couples reconnect, others “remember” why they love each other. Some get radical and decide to make major life changes based on what they learned during a long vacation.
The last few years my bride and I have taken at least a week for our anniversary. The first time we did it, it seemed extravagant, and not something we would do repeatedly. However, that first weeklong time away together was so great we have made it a yearly event. After several years, I think we would scrimp on many things, and cut back in many areas to make it possible to do a week of vacation; it’s that good for us.
I realise not everyone can do this. For years, it was not an option for us for several reasons. However, if I knew then what I know now, we would have done as many days as we could, and would have gotten to a week much earlier. I no longer see this as luxury, but rather as a critical investment in our marriage.
What would your life and marriage look like from a week away? What might you change? How might your marriage improve? There’s only one way to find out!
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