Summer time for most allows at least a partial chance to break from the hectic pace of everyday life and find time for relaxation often in the form of a vacation away from the busyness of home and work. Far from being a marker of laziness, the ability to take time away from intense thought and activity and allow the body and mind to restore allows us to come back to our work or vocation refreshed, often with new perspectives on how to achieve our goals.
Summer is a good reminder that even working families need time for restoration and reigniting the bonds that connect. Some business families only engage in competitive (and sometimes stressful) work environments with each other, but lose touch with (or never develop) opportunities to just be a family. This missed opportunity to create new bonds can prevent the family from building new memories and new stories in the family’s history. Having time together to explore new things (think vacation spots, cruises and such) and to just relax and have fun (think down time in which business does not need to be discussed but joy is experienced together) becomes the fodder for the stories that will become part of family folklore.
It is easy to drop into a mode of “all work and no play” but that truly does make Jack (and Jill) dull and less connected as family members.
As we reflect on the benefits of summer time and look forward to the coming year, in what ways will new family memories have space to be created and banked in the family’s history?