The Get-Away Effect

Most of us find the insurmountable day-to-day tasks borderline overwhelming. Piles that never seem to completely go away. To Do lists that never get entirely scratched off. Floors that seem clean for mere moments after sweeping/vacuuming only to magically sprout dust, crumbs and sand moments later.

Which is why the get-away is pretty much a basic necessity.

Getting away from your piles, your routine, your magic floors for a day or two or three or a week can change your perspective.

Even if you still tackle "chores" on your get away, they somehow seem less taxing.

This is a wonderful illusion.

I'm not even joking here.

Regardless of the fact that all of your day-to-day tasks will still be there when you return, taking a long weekend or extended holiday absolutely has the power to change your perspective.

Perspective = your view.

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Your view is the way you see things.

So the laundry that was there when you left that seemed far too much to try to get done before you went, even though it likely multiplied tenfold when you returned, somehow seems like not that big of a deal.

Why is that - you may ask? Well, I have a theory.

Sure, it could be that you had such a good time on your get-away that any laundry that you accrued during it seems well worth it but I think it's more than that.

I think getting away shifts your perspective of what kind of a task laundry really is.

When you venture out, away from your normal home-to-work-to-normal-stops zone you are forcing yourself to see parts, places and people that you didn't know existed.

This, in turn, can cause you to see people that have lives far more difficult than your own.

Even your own on its very worst day.

And when you see the "normal" of someone who has a life more difficult than your own, it makes your "normal" seem, well, not too shabby after all.

St. Augustine has a quote that says, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

We take get-aways for our own well-being and sanity. To get a break from the mundane and the overwhelming. To see new things, try new foods, experience new places. But also, to realize when you come back home, things there are pretty okay.

Even those magic floors and the mass-production laundry basket. It's all okay.

I encourage you to listen, if not to me, to St. Augustine (he's a saint, afterall!)

Take a get-away. Use your vacation days (that's why they give them to you!)

Forego excuses about expense and not having the time. You can leave after work on a Friday and go stay with your sister-in-law or your friend from college. It doesn't have be a trip to the Eiffel Tower to have the desired effect.


Pack a bag. Take a day (or three if you can manage them.)

Take the kids (or leave them with Aunt Sara - either way.)

See what the world is waiting to show you.

Then see how nice home looks when you come back to it.