Wednesday, 31 January 2007
I attended a short course at a local college a while back. In the course the instructor asked us to imagine our best holiday. What would we do, where would we go, if money was no object? How would we travel? What would we eat?
Dream the ultimate holiday.
Once we had done that, we were asked to determine what values we were applying to our imaginary holiday. Were they values of curiosity? Adventure? Luxury? Indulgence? Education? Culture?
What values did we draw on to make our perfect holiday?
And then the killer question: what would happen if you took the values that you applied when you were on four weeks holiday and applied them to the other forty eight weeks of your year?
What if you walked down the street as if it was a foreign land and actually looked at the houses? Smelt the smells? Heard the sounds?
What if your shared your self more with people you met?
What if you ate out more and tried different cuisines more often?
What if you visited more galleries and museums?
What if you permitted yourself to really relax?
What if you had more hot baths and massages?
What if you did more 'interesting' things because you needed to do them while you were 'here'?
What if you woke in the morning and looked forward to the day, eager to see what it offered you?
What if you put flowers in your hair and danced naked in the moonlight?