My husband and I recently returned from a week in picturesque Maui, HI. Little did I realize how stressed I was at the time. Being removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life gave me time for reflection and to look at life from a different prospective.
My summer was quite hectic. I dealt with a number of family health issues. My oldest brother (with whom I had a very close relationship) died from pancreatic cancer in July. Those who read my book may remember my discussion of our relationship. During the last few months of his life, I spent many hours with him and his wife, helping with transportation to and from doctor appointments, dialysis, hospital etc., or just sitting and talking. In May I made the decision to not accept any speaking engagements or book signings in order to free up my time so I could spend more with him. I am so happy I did. Those months were very special for both of us.
Three days after his funeral I was in New York to care for my daughter and granddaughter while my daughter recovered from foot surgery. My stay was to be a 3-4 week commitment but ended up being 6 weeks because of complications from the surgery. Again, because I had freed up my schedule, I was able to stay. Family is important to me and helping when needed is not problematic for me.
Those who have been to Maui realize it is a place to relax – not for the party type who wants excitement every day. For me it was a welcome change from the prior few months. After a long flight and recovering from jet lag we played golf, took an all day tour to Hana, HI, explored the island by car, attended a luau, laid on the beach and dined at a couple of great restaurants.
The trip to Hana was one recommended by most that visited as well as those who live there. It is located on the far end of the island from where we stayed which was about 60 miles away. We were warned, however, that to drive there takes 3½ to 4 hours each way because the road is very narrow and winding with more than 600 curves and many narrow bridges. We opted to take the all-day bus tour relaxing on a 12-passenger bus accompanied by a knowledgeable driver/guide. The route traversed along the ocean with numerous stops along the way allowing for photo opportunities. The view is breathtaking with many waterfalls, rocks and much vegetation.
Being away for a period of relaxation and reflection was great though it was good to be home. Over the next few weeks, I will do further reflection, giving thought to where I am in my life and career, then examine my priorities and possibly change some of them.
It was a vacation well spent!
Causes Lillian Lambert Supports
American Cancer Society, American Heart Assn, Howard Universit, Impact 100 of Richmond