Tommorow we embark on an exotic vacation to sunny Roxboro, North Carolina!  We are excited to get away and to rest and to spend some time with the McDaniel Clan.  On Tuesday, Tara and I will be at Three while Mom watches the boys.  Nate is excited to fish in Papoo’s pond. Papoo is my dad, by the way, that’s what Nate wanted to call him.

Vacation is a strange thing. Some people live for it. Some people never get around to taking it. Seth Godin says in Tribes, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from”.  I enjoy my life. In fact, I love my wife and kids, my town, my job, my crusty old ’95 Honda and sometimes I feel guilty because other people are miserable.  Now, there are days that I don’t exactly feel like dancing through the morning dew in the meadow amongst the bunny rabbits and ladybugs.  But I am a firm believer that if your situation really makes you that miserable, change it.  If you are miserable on a regular basis, you have some serious soul issues you need to deal with. I know there are some people that are held captive because of health issues, or some situation.  But, in my experience, most people are just unsatisfied because their desire to be satisfied is not greater than their fear of risk.

Right before the previous quote Godin says, “You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful.”  And an even greater authority says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.” We can live for a cause greater than ourselves. We are called to a mission greater than our own. We are better people than we appear to be if we live up to what we have already attained. Our task is too important to approach with disatisfaction and unhappiness.


1 Response to “Vacation”

  1. April 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Personally I would love to see you dancing in the meadow with the bunnies and ladybugs! Great picture.
    Have a great vacation!

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