Our family has been lucky to travel to many interesting places since moving to Australia. This summer holiday we went to Fiji and the entire plane ride home, I contemplated why my children had tears running down their faces while begging to return to Savusavu. What made this place so different from the others?
lessons from Fiji
I tried not to stare, but I was intrigued. I was on the beach in Fiji, mesmerized by the sparkling clear blue water, and on either side of me there were young women taking endless selfies. Self absorbed to the max, determined to get just the right photo to post as evidence of their absolute perfection. Kind of reminded me of what I often see in the corporate world where there is an intense fear of taking leadership beyond the illusion of perfection. As if telling the whole truth could potentially get you fired or eliminate any possibility of success.
I could not wait for vacation! Although I struggle to let go of my day to day on most holidays, I was longing for time to unwind, relax, and leave work and stress behind – if I couldn’t do it in Fiji, it was never going to happen. However, sitting in a lounge chair was not the panacea I expected. I was far from in the moment… In fact, I was in awe of the moment. Immediately I knew that my choice was to either experience this holiday as an outsider or to step into my experience by practicing some mindfulness basics.