Recently my wife and I visited Costa Rica. Wow, what a great trip. We enjoyed it so much that we are planning to go back in the near future. I even made a video about it if you’re interested. I’ll put the link at the end of this post.

One thing that really hit home to me on this trip was the idea of  just getting away and its importance. Taking the time to remove yourself from the work-a-day-world and experience something different, new, completely relaxing or exciting is an amazing thing. It rebuilds your drive, your focus and your spirit. I had a wonderful time, spent some quality time with my wife and eternal companion and just rested and relaxed. I also found that upon my return I was better able to handle the stress, meet my deadlines and complete my work than I had been prior to the trip. I now better understand “recreation.”  Take the word apart and you’ll see what I mean.

Now, I hasten to add that I am not talking about completely rebuilding yourself from the inside out into an entirely different person (even though for some people that might be a good thing). I’m talking about re-aligning ideas, re-focusing thoughts, re-ordering priorities and re-identifying the things that are most important to you. When we rebuild ourselves within the realities and structure of our existence, I believe we can and will experience greater success, greater joy and greater progress in our undertakings, whether they be financial, physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.

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I guess I’m a bit like a flashlight. When my batteries are fully charged, I shine brighter. I’m sure that’s true with you too. I sincerely hope that you, whoever you are, get the time and the opportunity to re-create and recharge yourself too. Below, as promised, is the video I mentioned earlier.