I don't say that to brag (although I'll admit, I'm pretty jazzed to be leaving chilly northeastern USA behind in the middle of January). Rather, I bring up this cruise to revisit a point I made about seven months ago, that is, that vacation does not equal the total destruction of your body.
And I stick by this statement even though I am about to walk onto a ship that has all-you-can-eat-buffets and the unlimited drinking package.
But I'll be honest, what I'm looking forward to most isn't the pink grapefruit palomas or cone-after-cone of chocolate vanilla swirl ice cream. But it's to a week away, a week with loved ones, a week of peace.
Too often we think that the best way to indulge our happiness is to indulge in something we typically deny ourselves. Instead, what if we began to think that the best way to indulge our happiness was to not deny ourselves that which matters most?
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We place too much weight onto something fleeting, such as a "needed" glass of wine or brownie a la mode, that passes (quite literally) in 12 hours or so, rather than the health, purpose, and vitality that we can develop so as to spend our time, 80 years or so, loving and living and creating nothing less than a substantial and beautiful life.
Often, I have heard people say "You can't deny yourself." But when it comes to a slice of pizza, will eating it really bring you anything good? Will it bring you joy? Peace? Love? Something lasting and substantial?
No. The answer is no.
In mapping out your "best life," learn what it is that you cannot deny yourself, what brings you the greatest joy and the greatest satisfaction.
I guarantee, it will not be a late-night cruise buffet.