Volume 2, Issue 4

April 2013

Blue Ridge Conference


Spring Break!

My family decided to take an in house spring break this past week.  We slept late, ate all of our meals together, watched basketball, went to movies, played with the dogs, laughed, joked and just spent time with one another.  Normally, our vacations are filled from morning to night with activities.   We often joke that we need to go back to work for a rest.  This time it was different and was one of the best vacations we have ever taken. 

I have to confess, the first couple of days were difficult for me.  Somehow, I felt guilty not checking my email constantly, not going to the office when I was in town, and not being “BUSY”.  Finally, I surrendered and gave myself permission to enjoy the rest.  This surrender allowed me to connect more fully with myself and my family.  The result was greater clarity around what is important in life and work.    

Robert Frost understood this as he wrote the following in The Gift Outright

Something we were withholding made us weak,
Until we found out that it was ourselves.
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.

Surrendering to rest and renewal is difficult in our fast-paced world.  However, it is the key to connecting powerfully with vision and discerning importance in our lives. In addition, it is a critical component to maintaining the energy level to execute our vision.   I encourage you to intentionally plan for renewal time in your busy schedule.  It does not have to be a whole week.  Try a day, a week, a couple of hours whatever you are willing to fully surrender.  The return will be much greater than the investment.

Hope Stockton

Executive Director, Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership
Director, Auburn University Professional and Continuing Education





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