Life As Vacation

August 13, 2010

A wise teacher once asked me, “What if your being born is  a vacation from some other existence, why would you choose to come here?” I am reminded of this when I heard that my husband’s grandmother as she lay dying, said that she was going on vacation. The metaphor of life as vacation or death as vacation projects a different outlook as to how we view life and death. For me this perspective says, we are only passing through, we are here to explore what life is like on this plane, then we are off again to some other destination. When we think of life as vacation, we value our time here. We chose it because we want the experience and sometimes it isn’t all we expected it to be. There are some highlights that we enjoyed, some challenges and some things we won’t bother doing next time if we were to come back.

Live like you are on vacation
Choose what to do, relax
Be your own tour guide
Take in the sights
Enjoy the food
Learn from the natives
Be mindful of the flora and fauna
Leave it a better place for the next visitor

Be grateful for your visit
Yes the time flew by
You did everything well enough
The experiences you had savor them all
Lessons learned and those resisted
Explore what you missed next time around
Bring wisdom gleaned elsewhere
Just passing through…

Dedicated to Grandma Hilda Lynch. Rest in peace. Have a fabulous vacation!


1 Linda M. Rhinehart Neas 08.15.10 at 4:10 pm

Oh, Miruh! What a lovely thought. I had a very wise woman who told me to think of life as a vacation when I was dealing with some difficulties with my adult daughters. She told me to send them postcards, instead of engaging them in my desire to have them be with me. Her philosophy was that if they saw what fun I was having, perhaps they would want to share in it. Great idea…it worked for one of them.
Your poem is lovely…great tribute to your Grandma.
Gentle Peace, my friend….Namaste!

2 Miruh 08.19.10 at 2:04 pm

Hello Linda

I love that sage advice, “send them postcards.” Sending love and blessings to those we have conflict with is the best resolution. It’s a win-win outcome for everyone.
Just returned from Hilda’s memorial, she lived her life “sending postcards” to everyone she met. She is greatly loved by all those lives she touched including the gardener.

Thanks for your beautiful sharing my friend, may you send and receive postcards wherever you roam!

3 Stacey 08.23.10 at 12:24 am

What a beautiful post! It is so true that too many treat life as if it is a sentence, not a vacation to be enjoyed in each moment. Do What You Love! There really is no reason to do anything else, we can make excuses all day long for why we shouldnt do what we love, but not a single one is legitimate!

Thank you for reminding us to enjoy the journey! This is quite the vacation!!

4 mergingpoint 08.23.10 at 7:10 pm

wonderful, as always! it simply shows how well she had lived and thats why she was totally ready to leave also.

This post reminded me of a very close association who simply embraced death so gracefully…

5 Miruh 08.24.10 at 10:43 pm

Hello Stacey,

Funny how looking at life with the perspective that we are here to explore what is here, to enjoy life, it makes sense: Do what you love… this is what we do on vacation, or else why bother.
You and Bernie certainly take it literally! I can’t wait to get over to Bernie’s site to check out your adventure pics.

Love and blessings!

6 Miruh 08.24.10 at 10:49 pm

Hello Mergingpoint,

A life well lived embraces the exit gracefully. It is a great gift to live like you are on vacation and to move on to the next destination with no regret, with peace, gratitude for the opportunities and a heart filled with love. A spiritual healing journey!


7 Mary Ann Lammersen 09.11.10 at 2:11 pm

Dear Miruh,
It is always so hopeful and heartwarming to see how knowledge is spread through “word-of-web”. Thank you for enjoting our website and work and recommending to others!
Thank you,
Mary Ann
for the Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society
Lund, BC

8 Miruh 09.11.10 at 10:46 pm

Hello Mary Ann


The work that you and your team does is an example of how we can make a big difference by giving a little. Thanks for all you do, making the lives of so many people a healthier and happier one.

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