Time away is a funny thing. There are so many details we can choose to focus on: the inconveniences, the cost, the absence of the day-to-day routines that give our life a shape. But to fail to pay attention to the opportunities is to waste the trip. When we focus on the empty space in a half-full glass, it becomes impossible to recognize that what we have in our hands is sufficient.
As I get older, I realize that I have plenty of things -- too many, in fact. A smart friend of mine recently said, “We spend the first half of our lives accumulating things to make our lives easier and the second half our lives getting rid of things to make our lives easier.” I think that part of what makes this change not only easier, but more desirable as well is the recognition of the fact that things don’t create memories. People do. Experiences do.
And stepping outside our comfort zone to grab hold of adventures with the people we love fills the glass to overflowing.