I’m giving myself a two week vacation. I hope at some point(s) this summer you will also be a leader on vacation. I briefly reflect today on what that might mean, as I prepare myself for vaca (and then take next Monday off RFL entirely)!
I was reminded last week of the roots of the word vacation. They wind back down to the Latin, vaco, vacare, meaning to: “Be empty, be free from, be unoccupied, be idle, be vacant.”
Like most everyday leaders I live full. Full of purpose. Full of obligations. And some would probably rightly say, full of myself! Rather than being “unoccupied,” I’m not only occupied but often preoccupied, i.e., occupied with stuff before it’s even here!
So, I’m looking forward to being empty of my driving pursuits and plans and preoccupations. If I can become vacant, I wonder what will fill me up. I’d like to be able to be quieter and a lot more open to:
- How others, particularly my family, are rich and full.
- How big places like Lake Michigan or starry Michigan skies might fill me.
- How it feels to hear the call of work to fill or complete me, yet see if I can instead just be empty, and complete, as I am.
Hope you get some vaco, vacare of your own this summer.
Seems pretty vital if you’re gonna
Lead with your best self,