This last week I was away on a cruise so I reran some of my favorite blogs (well, I did while I had service)

I always write about how I work hard but I have learned life is too short so I play just as hard. 
We need to realize that we need a balance between both.

Last week not only did I get to practice what I preach but I got to teach it to someone else as well.

My friend blessed me with a cruise. He's just like me: works 12- 15 hours a day, 
6 - 7 days a week, truly a hard worker. His problem is that he doesn't know how to relax and so I felt it was my job to teach him.

The great thing about a cruise is that you’re disconnected from the world so you have no cell phone, no Internet and no TVs; it's all about being present with who you are with. Imagine that concept?

Secondly, since you’re at sea a lot, there is only so many things to do on a boat so you get to chill, watch the majesty of the seas (literally) and be engaged with the person you’re with.

For him and for so many others, it's a hard thing to be able to do to shut off the world and do nothing when it feels like you should be doing something.

However practice makes perfect and the more we chilled, the more he got it. Sometimes you need to recharge your soul, be one with nature and forget your worries.

We have this preconceived notion that we all have to be super humans and work ourselves to death otherwise we are not worthy. Doing nothing is such a big sin in our eyes.

Europeans have it right though: they take siestas during the day, they have long maternity leaves, longer vacations and a shorter work week. They get it; they get that life is too short and so they learned to embrace the down time.

I have to tell you by the end of the cruise my friend was a pro. Yes, I am a good teacher!

We slept late, we danced until the wee hours of the morning, we ate, we drank, we took naps, we laughed until our sides hurt and we chilled... we talked about anything and everything while watching the sea go by. (Okay so we did workout but to us that is like brushing your teeth; it's not work it's just something that you do)

It was magical just being able to do nothing, no worries, no cares and no alarm clocks. Just chilling with a person you care about...

So today my friends remember life is short, embrace the chill moments, even if you can't go away just chill at the beach, take a walk through a park, have a picnic by a lake, shut off your phones, shut off your minds, be present in the moment, enjoy the company you’re with....just learn to chill.

"Be the change you want to see"
"And just when the caterpillar thought his life was over...he turned into a beautiful butterfly"

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Published by Francesca Villardi (Treadmill Treats)