A – Z
I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization called the Writers of Kern. They are having a “Blog Challenge” and I’m participating. I’m writing my normal two blogs per week but challenging myself to be prompted by the alphabet. Hope you can read all twenty six from A-Z. For more good reading check out the Writers of Kern’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95572300558/
V is for VACATION
We Americans don’t go on Holiday, we take vacations. The word vacation used to only mean kids and teachers, still does in England. The “privileged” class starting using the vacation word in the 19th century.
Thanks to Methodists and labor unions, the middle class discovered the good things, emotionally and physically, about taking time away from work.
Our Puritanical roots had screwed up beliefs about work and idleness. (Idleness is the devil’s workshop) Work was virtuous, idleness was temptation. People should work six days a week and devote Sunday’s to worship and transferring money to preachers.
It started changing in the campgrounds of the Methodist resorts. The medical field recognized the burn-out in business owners’ brains and their message caught on with some preachers who steered their parishioners to their campsites where they could enjoy the best of both worlds. Relaxing in a sin-free environment. Sorry I missed out in that great fun.
Our American infrastructure expanded and railroads and highways allowed us to easily transport our families to relaxing destinations filled with sun, water, adventure and family fun. Then the labor unions starting negotiating paid vacations for their workers.
There are two distinct attitudes about vacations.
One is the European attitude; they work in order to take vacations.
The USA attitude is Americans take vacations in order to go back to work.
Europeans love their vacations.
We Americans have a love-hate relationship with vacation time. Too many people are married to their careers and feel vacation is something they have to do. Relating with their families is something they are not used to doing and vacation forces this situation. Too many vacations are tense and not fun. Seriously? A real pity.
Forty percent of Americans don’t use all their vacation time. Some fear the pile of work awaiting them and others dread the twenty four hours a day with their families.
Seriously? A real pity.
BTW: If you’re waiting to retire to take that big cross-country trip, or buy that RV, or finally get to Paris, the odds are you won’t ever get there if you’re NOT taking vacations now. The odds of coronary heart disease go up tremendously for non-vacationers.
UC Irvine research found our brain power gets re-set by vacations. Other research shows you will gain new perspective about lots of things while relaxing and being away from the daily stress of your job.
Do it for your mental health. Do it for gaining a fresh outlook on life, job, love, and family.
Almost as much fun as taking a vacation is planning that vacation.
Period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used forrest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday:
Schoolchildren are on vacation now.
a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of lawcourts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.