For me going away and getting away from it all seems to give me a lot of perspective and a fresh mindset.
I’ve noticed that God places these strategic trips in certain places and times in my life. I remember at the beginning of the year I honestly just wasn’t feeling happy. I mean yes I was grateful that I had started a new year and all, but to tell you the truth I wasn’t happy. I felt bored, stuck and discouraged.
God so did it that my church was having a leaders retreat at the beginning of the year. When I tell you I went and I came back with just a whole new vim. It wasn’t like it was out of the UK or anything, but I think coming away from the routine of everyday life really refreshed and rejuvenated me.
We can’t see how God sees, and because of that we sometimes don’t understand, or to be honest, even appreciate why we’re doing what would appear to be the same old same old. Getting away though, for me, just provides a whole new energy.
So recently, I went away to Norway with work and even though I didn’t get the chance to do any sight seeing, being away from my routine gave me a fresh perspective on my life thus far. I felt energised to come back and to get stuck back into things. Even though I was busy for work in Norway, the change of scenary worked wonders for my mind and my perspective. Being in a new environment with different people and varying perspectives causes you to think about things in a fresh way. I was able to even appreciate my journey and how far I have come in my professional life.
I missed home though, most certainly, and I missed my people but it was nice to be out of my usual and step into something different for a bit to refocus I guess.
If you can, I would recommend getting away sometimes to just get some perspective. It doesn’t even need to be an expensive trip - day trips are great too! There is just something about shaking up your routine slighty and stepping into something new that helps the mind and refreshes the soul.