If you can’t wait to go on vacation, hold onto that feeling! That’s the takeaway from the session I just had with my shrink. We were going through the usual blah-blah until I mentioned my upcoming plans for a week off. He said my face lit up.
Like, REALLY lit up.
Then he mentioned a new research study that shows a vacation’s greatest value is its ability give us something to look forward to. It’s not about spending a ton of money on an elaborate trip or even leaving your home. The point is that a vacation is a bright spot on the horizon. The ability to eyeball it leads to the jubilance of knowing your heart’s desire is within reach.
So I spent the rest of the day experimenting. On and off, every few hours, I would stop to think about my vacation. And my emotional state shifted instantly — it was as if I’d been struck by happy lightening. Which means that this second, I am grinning at the prospect of spending the second week of July in Greg Follender’s latest workshop at the Art Students League of New York.
There’s nothing like a summer night in Manhattan and I’ll be on W. 57th Street for five nights in a row, from 5;30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. My inner free spirit is soaring at what these hours will offer: a chance to stop thinking about the endless to-do list, the uncertain future, the bills, the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink. Hey, I’ll stop thinking, period.
And just draw.
Here’s the description of Greg’s sold-out workshop from the League’s website. As you know, I’ve taken his courses before.
It might be fun for you to check out the list of summer and fall workshops at the Art Students League.
Dream, baby, dream. :)