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Sneaking Off

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Karl W. Palachuk
July 18, 2007

One of the great joys in life is sneaking off. One of the great joys about living in Northern California is opportunities to sneak off.

We all lead very busy lives. I know my family does! My daughter’s in high school. In addition to being stage manager for a play and doing the occasional guitar recital, she spends her summer being a camp CIT.

My wife and I both work full time. In our spare time we’ve been fixing up our yard. I published a book this year. And now we’re having the house painted.

So much for 2007. Oooops. It’s only half over!

When our lives are constantly busy like this, it’s important not to lie to ourselves and think that the craziness will end. We’re always going to be busy. We’re always going to have major projects going on.

So how do we keep in touch with one another and keep our sense of normalcy?

In our case, we make regular escapes. We sneak off for a few days here and a few days there.

This week we’re on a small beach in the middle of Nowhere, CA. North of San Francisco. Three “work days” plus a weekend makes a nice five-day get-away.

I’m sorry to say we didn’t do enough of this when our daughter was little.

Sneaking off — finding little mini vacations — is probably better for your health and well-being that rare “big” vacations. When you’re only gone a short while, there’s less stress involved in making all the arrangements. There’s also less stress to do anything on vacation.

When we sneak off we don’t plan to get anything done. Instead, we’re totally free to hang out, do nothing, and spend time with each other.

Sneaking off is good for our relationship and good for each of us individually.

I’m not suggesting that you should cancel any big vacations you have planned. But consider where you can add mini one-, two=, and three=day get-aways.

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