The great getaway

You don't have to go to the mountains to reach new heights.

I had just arrived back in Katmandu. I'd come down from 18,000-foot Gokoyo Peak in the world of the Himalayas, and it was apparent to my wife that the sixteen-day trip had been a rough one. Some of her first words were memorable: "Next vacation, we're going to Disney World!"

Getting away can mean many things to many people. And different cultures may enjoy different ways of finding a change of pace. Whether you enjoy the theater in New York, an evening view of the harbor in Hong Kong from atop nearby hills, a visit to Mayan ruins in Central America, or just some quiet time in the hammock to catch up on reading, a holiday can and should be more than just getting away from the job. In today's fast-paced world, it's all too easy to take along some of the mental baggage you were hoping to escape.

Gravitating to God?
July 12, 1999

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