The breeze blowing through my hair. The sun kissing my slightly more bronzed bod. And the sound of kids in the pool while the waves crash all around me sets the scene for my current writing space this morning. I am on vacation for exactly 44 more hours. And I am lost somewhere in the Pacific on a ship. But, in exactly 44 hours I am back to the mundane monotony of day-to-day life that we all try to escape with a holiday to a tropical island, cabin in the woods or weekend under the city lights.
As I sat poolside on the ship this morning having my quiet time I had a revelation: one of the many reasons vacations are so relaxing is because everyone around you is relaxed….even on a ship filled with over a thousand people. While on vacation you’re often surrounded by people in “reset mode”. Sure, you always see the quarreling husband and wife but these two are usually more of a source of entertainment for you than anxiety.
As I sat both overlooking the people on board and the open ocean I wondered what mundane people came to escape for a few short days. Then I realized something. While this ship is a source of rejuvenation and refreshment from the mundane, very few of us will create anything significant in these days. Sure there will be memories made. But I realized in that moment of reflection, that significance isn’t created on the remote islands or the backwoods cabin. It is created in the mundane. The simplicity of the day to day.
So refresh when you need to refresh. But go back into the simplicity of the everyday remembering that each day done well and on purpose creates a string of days that may see simple on the surface but will be remembered as significant in the days and years to come. The mundane of working your tail off to try and organize the chaos of a new role at work. The simple (or not so simple) efforts of trying to get your two babies on a coordinating sleeping schedule so you can steal a few moments to yourself each day. The day-to-day of keeping your convictions to stay pure before marriage in body and heart. The normal routine of trying to keep a date night with your husband.
One day all of these mundane tasks will be significant because it will be what led to your big break into your dream job, the ability to still remain true to who you are outside of mom and wife, the ability to give yourself to a man who is just as committed to your purity as you are and you will have a marriage that extends beyond work talk, honey-do-lists and carpool schedules.
Will memories be made in these sun-kissed moments? Absolutely. But significance is built in the simplicity, the sometimes maddening mundane of the day-to-day. So make today count.