As any good writer knows, you need time away from writing projects in order to see them with fresh eyes.
The distance of even a few hours provides fresh insights into what you really want to say. I think that’s what vacations or retreats do for our lives. We get stuck, don’t we, in the weeds of our own lives. Distance brings remarkable clarity to those areas where we’ve allowed weeds to choke away our gifts and passions.
It isn’t always possible to take a vacation, given life’s demands and financial limitations, but we can still get away regularly, even if only for a drive or a walk. Every time I get away, especially if I can afford a bit of distance and time, I am amazed at the perspective I gain. When I come home, it is almost shocking to see how quickly I can delete useless emails. Priorities and passions crystallize, while useless and destructive time suckers become obvious. I can suddenly see the light along my pathway.
We can’t always afford to hop on a plane and get away, but we can keep things in perspective through daily “retreats”—even as simple as a few backyard moments to breathe, pray, meditate, and just be with our Maker.