The Art of Doing Nothing, by Valerie J. Patterson

Life’s been hectic for a long time, but I’ve been doing my best to just keep moving and get things done as I can.  August 9th was our anniversary and Steve and I took a few days off and allowed no grass to grow beneath our feet as we headed out of town, away from obligations, away from phones and computers, and into the heart of nature.

Oh, and a spa and resort!

In the middle of a state park in Flintstone, Maryland is the Rocky Gap Spa and Golf Resort.  The resort is surrounded on two sides by a 243-acre lake that is a slice of heaven.  There are multiple public beaches along the banks of the lake.  There are plenty of docks for getting a boat in the water, fishing, camping, picnic areas galore, and absolutely gorgeous scenery to help a person forget their cares and leave the work place behind them.

Our room was a lake front room, and the view was stunning.  Steve and I spent long, lazy hours on a blanket on the beach.  We spent evenings ensconced in Adirondack chairs sipping beverages and enjoying quiet conversations, giggles, and memories as we allowed the sun to set around us.  We did nothing we didn’t want to do.  We chased no schedule.  Kept no itinerary.  Barely paid attention to a watch!  Cell phone?  What’s that?  We simply enjoyed one another, our surroundings, and the gorgeous weather.  We took naps and moved relaxation to new heights.

We came back home refreshed, recharged, and rejuvenated.  Every once in a while you need to slow down, take a seat in the grass–or the sand–and soak in the beauty God has given us, has placed all around us.

Until next time, may your next meeting be with a loved one, in the heart of nature with no phones, no noise, and no schedules!

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12 responses to “The Art of Doing Nothing, by Valerie J. Patterson

  1. An enlightening post I usually come back from vacations needing a few days to rest. 🙂 I’ve thought for some time that we’ve lost the art of relaxation. Thats one of the reasons I book days at sea when we cruise. I don’t feel guilty about not going off the boat on port tours.

    You painted an ideal visual of not only enjoying your vacation but each other.

    • Valerie J. Patterson

      Thank you, Lavada! At least one trip a year we take where we have no plans to do anything but relax. The bubbly hubby works 6 days a week, so he really needs the down time. Plus, I enjoy the time with him and not having to be somewhere or see something or do something constantly. We take plenty of those trips, too.

  2. Oh, my husband and I SO need to do this. And we don’t have a vacation scheduled until February. Maybe we’ll just get away in October for a couple days. Find a mountain cabin to hole up in…and leave the computer and cell phone at home. Gulp! What an awesome anniversary gift to each other. You two definitely know how to do it right! Happy, happy anniversary, Valerie!

    • Valerie J. Patterson

      Thank you, Laurie! Yes! Take those few days in October and hide somewhere! You’ll be glad you did. Sometimes you just have to reconnect with one another. Get back to that feeling of first being in love and wanting no one to invade your time and space!

  3. Marty & I have been doing these kind of get aways for the last 7 years. A scare of life being shortened really opens ones eyes.
    As of last June, another surgery was required and I put the fate of my outcome in the hands of the Lord. I am as of today cancer free and we are enjoying life to its fullest. We both retired last year, bought a camper, & plan on traveling around.
    Always take time for yourselves and each other as we do not know what could behind the next door. May God bless you both!

    • Valerie J. Patterson

      Hi Pat! I’m so glad to hear your are cancer free. The power of prayer–and the strength and faithfulness of God–are so important! It’s a shame that we oftentimes need major life events to slow down and enjoy life as we were intended to do. For Steve and I, it was each losing a parent 9 months apart that made us slow down and realize that tomorrow is not a promise, and today is indeed a present! Enjoy your camper and your trips together, Pat! May the Lord bless you abundantly!

  4. My kind of bliss. Wish my other half would take me on vacations like this – he needs the unwind too but doesn’t like being away from home. Perhaps one day I can persuade him. Glad you both enjoyed. And a belated Happy Anniversary. 🙂

    • Valerie J. Patterson

      Thanks, Kit! Maybe you and the hubbers need to start with a trip not too far from home and not for more than one or two overnights? You both certainly deserve the time away and together! There’s just something about sharing a blanket on a beach together!

  5. Happy anniversary. Sounds like a blissful retreat. Am so glad you guys has a wonderful time. Jillian

  6. That’s my kind of holiday, Valerie! Glad you had a wonderful time, and a belated Happy Anniversary!

    • Valerie J. Patterson

      Thank you, Tricia! Sometimes you just need to escape from it all and just learn to relax. It was difficult to go back to work after that, though!

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