I just got back from holiday and can personally vouch for the importance of taking time away from work to refresh and revitalize your life.
One of my outings down south was to a beautiful Japanese garden. It’s an extraordinary place that shows the evolution of the gardens in Japan though the ages with all of the flora and landscape designs relevant to the historical period.
The high point of a visit to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, for me, is always the bamboo grove. If there is the slightest breeze, the trunks of the giant bamboo clack against each other, the branches whisper in counterpoint and the dappled light moves across the stone and moss in time to the music. It is my favourite thinking spot in North America and the place I go to in my mind when I am seeking peace and serenity in my thoughts.
So many ideas come to me in that space, thoughts about life and work and the paths that I might take, the things I might create.
I hope that you have a bamboo grove somewhere in your life where you can go to clear your mind and start again from a pure and uncluttered place to solve your challenges and create your successes.