Mariah Burton Nelson, an expert on women in sports and leadership and author ofWe Are All Athletes, often gets called by the media to comment on news stories involving female athletes, whether that’s a Serena Williams temper tantrum or Danica Patrick competing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mariah was at her beach house when she received a phone call. She glanced at her cell phone, saw the 212 area code and picked up, thinking it might be a friend who lives in New York.
A woman introduced herself as being a producer for The Today Show and asked Mariah to come to NYC later that week to appear on a show about Title IX (the legislation that gave female college athletes similar rights, scholarships and funding as men . . . well, that was the idea anyway.)
Mariah said, “I appreciate the invitation, but I’m on vacation.”
There was a pause on the other end of the line.
The woman repeated herself and then added, “This is The Today Show” as if Mariah must not have understood who was calling because most people jump at the chance to be on this national show.
Mariah politely repeated herself. “Yes, I know it’s The Today Show . . . and I’m on vacation.”
Now there’s a women who knows who she is. And there’s a woman who knows the value of temporarily retreating from the busy world to rest, relax and recharge.
Where do you go to get away from it all? As Gloria Steinem said, “Where do you go to replenish yourself? This is not a luxury, it’s a necessity if we don’t want our energy to run dry. Each of us needs a little psychic territory. Do you have yours?”
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, for a lot of us, this is easier said than done. We have so many obligations; weeks, months go by without us taking time out to reflect and recharge.
Every SerenDestineer I’ve interviewed understands that re-eneregizing is not frivolous; it’s a prerequisite for moving our life forward – for leading the life we’re meant to live.
So, where and what is your “Utah?” What is a contrast from your norm that could give you a much-needed-and-welcomed fresh perspective? What has been absent from your life for way too long?
As James Taylor sings in his lovely song The Secret of Life, “The secret of life is to enjoy the passage of time . . .isn’t it a lovely ride?”
Who are you going to call — what are you going to carve time out for this weekend – that will put a smile back in your heart?
We are not meant to be miserable. We’re meant to celebrate life, not slog through it. What will you do this week – the opposite of your always – to help you enjoy this lovely ride?