While other organizations are building on events and special occasions to bring customers in, I feel a little compelled to rebel. On a recent vacation, I did absolutely nothing...I just was. Sure there were lots of activities available - go scuba diving, go whale watching or para-sailing, night hot spots in the city and shopping. I chose none of those. I thought I'd catch up on some reading by the pool. Got the Kindle all fired up, but the wifi was intermittent at best and of course I hadn't actually downloaded any of my books from the cloud. I felt panicked and a little trapped in paradise...what was happening at the office and who am I missing on the brand's Facebook page? Then it washed over me. I need this peace. I don't deserve it, but in some ways I need it. I couldn't remember the last time I had my own thoughts without Googling to confirm something or see what someone else already had thought about it.
Admittedly, I did buy 'The Alchemist' in the gift shop for some attempt at entertainment, but put it down after several hours. I felt like they were saying 'the meaning of life is coming up, it's in this book, just around the corner'. Well intentioned, but don't we all want to discover that for ourselves in our own time? Is it really that simple? If I told you what the key to happiness is, would you believe me if you hadn't experienced it? So I had a few more mango smoothies (they make one with a vanilla Tequila, oh my) and was back on track with the thought of just 'being'.
The restoration we all need is a place to just be ourselves. The setting was not necessarily quiet, with waves continually crashing as a backdrop and the occasional crying child with sunblock in his eye. But it just took a little mind shift for all that to be part of the bliss. What I realized when I got back was that Kiepersol is just such a place too. I can walk through the vineyard and simply let thoughts float about. I can eat at the restaurant and not be rushed by a waiter or bombarded by boom-boom music (I think you know what I mean) or herded like cattle to my table. I can soak in the season and just enjoy friends. I found a special place close to home and I hope you discover that Kiepersol can be a restorative place for you too.