In our western world of great "doings" we generally think of our lives as some kind of semi, ok, torture. We spend a lot of time thinking about and wishing for time off. We all need time when we can just do nothing, get away from our selves and our lives.
In Sufi traditions this life view is something that needs to be dissolved. Rather, one wants to engage every moment of one's life as an act of love. You greet your job with love, taking out the garbage... you have an open heart, everything you do.
I think this too is the essence of the Buddha's teaching. When you embrace a soft smile to all that comes your way, greet everyone you meet as a family member, life becomes very easy and a pleasure. No need for vacations.
I have a Fedex guy who picks up the boxes we ship in my business every night, and he is truly a delightful human. Every time I see him picking up these big heavy boxes in the cold, dark, windy night I say "Hey bro, how's it going ?". Universally he answers with a big smile " Perfection man, I can't complain, I am excellent". I am so blessed to have this Buddisattva in my life, he reminds me to greet everything with universal positivity and love.
I wrote this poem, and it reflects my approach to taking life the easy way.
the sideless space.
and the ground ahead.
the endless smile
and my daughter's face.
this is the place
that I walk
and greeting each moment,
with a generous heart.