The recent spell of hot weather has really whetted the appetite for getting away on the annual holidays. I know that many people have been chomping at the bit to organise their ‘sun’ holiday, despite the concern of the public health authorities about travelling abroad. But people are prepared to take the risk and remove themselves from the tight restrictions that obtain here in Ireland.
Many more have decided to take a ‘stay-cation’ and explore the opportunities presented by the restrictions to visit parts of the country not seen before, or return to places associated with childhood. For those lucky enough to have chosen this week, God is blessing them with sunshine. Not all parts of the country are experiencing the dry sunny days that we have had here on the eastern side of the country but nevertheless, it’s amazing what you can do when you accept that the weather may not always be dry and sunny.
A niece of mine went on a trip recently that involved getting wet! So there are plenty of ways of spending time away. And isn’t that the fundamental object of taking holidays? Going away from the routine, the formality of work, and having some ‘down-time’ to recharge the batteries and have time for calming down.
Not all family holidays are ‘peace and quiet’, as sibling rivalries or other tensions creep in. But getting out into the fresh air, putting aside the timetable that dominates the regular week, can have a healing effect on body and spirit.
I’m off this week to take time out and enjoy the countryside, visiting relations and hoping for some fine days. This is necessary for me as I prepare to move southside and enter into a new parish. The task of moving house is always stressful and organising it and coordinating it with those that are affected by the changes takes time and energy.
Please God by the end of September I will have managed to occupy my new accommodation, but in my experience it usually takes longer than one thinks to fully transfer to the new house.
In the meantime, for those heading away, contemplating taking time off, or those who are not in a position to go away this year, I pray that these summer days will bring a new outlook and that you will be able to find some peace, rest and recharging for the days and months ahead.
Go n-éirí libh agus bain taithneamh as na laethanta atá romhainn.
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