If you happened to have sent me an e-mail in the past week, chances are that you received my out-of-office message with the heading “Gone Fishin'”. I use that expression to ensure my message is actually read.
Truth be told, I don’t actually fish when I go on vacation. Sometimes I watch other people fish. Sometimes I watch fish jump out of the water, reaching for that elusive bug.
Sometimes I watch people tubing or skiing.
Sometimes I sit in the boat and write inspired blog posts.
The point is, we all need a little down time. We in HR especially. Every July, I use The EO List to advocate for us, to remind us, to be good to ourselves. To fish.
My family has had a house on a lake in Wisconsin for almost eighteen years now. My parents live there about half the year. Each of my siblings have their specific weeks they come to visit, and there is always something going on. It is here that I do everything and nothing at the same time.
I’ve written a lot of posts from the lake, using experiences from there as fodder. How building a float for the pontoon parade encourages imagination and fosters teamwork. What we can learn about orientation from watching a family of ducks at feeding time. The need to tap into our inner puppy. What to do when faced with unfamiliar plants.
The Apple computer would not be what it is today, if Steve Jobs hadn’t taken that fateful calligraphy class. What diversion from your everyday life will spur your next great business idea? I’m sure my idea will come from here.
Excuse me now while I go and explore, and see where that takes me.