Nowhere We Had to Be

This past Thursday, my son R, finally reached the end of his school year. We attend year round school and have a few precious weeks of summer vacation. In those weeks, we cram in soccer camps, swim lessons, family vacations, national holidays and other activities. Go. Go. Go.

The Sunday after his last day, we all slept in…and guess what…we didn’t have anywhere we HAD TO BE. Of course, there were places we could be, we should be. But in all reality, nowhere we had to be. And for the first time in as long as I can remember, I relished having all of us here, waking up whenever we did and savoring a long, slow and lazy breakfast together.

I had time to be in the moment with the people I care the most about. To look them in the eye. To ask them a question and really listen to the answers. To tickle them and ask, “How many kisses can you handle?”

Simple. Beautiful. Connected.

I have long loved Henry David Thoreau and his famous quote:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

While working on the next installment of Participate in Your Life Series, I have thought a lot about why I do what I do. What is the payoff? What are the drawbacks? And I came across this article on the TedBlog that resonated with me:


Why do you do what you do? And if you were to take a sabbatical, where would it be and with whom?

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