Last week I had a great, though intense week traveling for work - the kind where I got a lot done, and I felt accomplished. However, we all know that you can't run at 110% all the time without burning out. For me it's important to take a little time each day to "do" some "non-doing" - not working, not accomplishing something, and not even sitting and thinking, going on a walk, or reading a comforting book. Just observing my thoughts without getting carried away by them. It creates space for creativity and empathy, and feels restorative.
On the weekend I found the perfect spot for that in Newport State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. This park only has backpacking sites, so Alyssa and I carried all our stuff on our backs and hiked to our campsite and had a little fire. The next morning I woke up at 4:30am (the day is so long around the summer solstice, ugh) and walked out to the shore amidst many of my mosquito and spider and bird friends to watch the sun rise. No human friends were to be seen, though. I took a photo and walked every so often, but I also spent a considerable amount of time just sitting and observing both the sun rise and my mind. Even though I wasn't doing anything, time seemed to continue, the sun still rose, and the waves continued to gently lap at the shoreline. In a fast-paced world full of glowing screens and push notifications, sometimes it's necessary to get back to the basics. I felt very calm and restored - ready to take on the next week. I then walked back and took a two hour nap and spent the rest of the weekend with my wife :)