Living An All Inclusive Life

Lucky for me, I’m spending the week in the Dominican Republic with my family (hence the lack of posting between shaky wireless and some much needed R & R. Thanks for understanding!)

photo(134)But I do have something on my mind worth sharing. As I walked the beach this morning, I got to thinking about the term ‘all-inclusive.’ What an American dream-come-true, an endless supply of anything and everything you can eat and drink…and then eat some more. Everything Eastern culture idealizes: get as much as you can, as quick as you can.

The all-you-can-eat buffet especially depicts our society. From piled plates to dessert platters at every meal, even breakfast, second helpings, then thirds…made me think realize that not only was I, along with everyone else, eating more, but I was also eating faster. This realization immediately made me slow down. What’s the rush? How much of a good thing is too much? Sure, vacation should involve indulgence, that’s ok. What’s not ok is the ‘more, more, more, now, now, now attitude that American society has ingrained in us and the all-inclusive lifestyle cements. The problem is that the more we have, the more we tend to want, not the more we appreciate.

I started thinking about the non-conventional all-inclusive amenities: the miles of endless beach, soft white sand, infinite turquoise sea, and the warm sunshine, lack of work pressure, kids building sand castles, families bonding, couples holding hands, people setting sail…Now THAT’S what it’s all about. That’s abundance. It’s not about having it all, it’s about valuing, enjoying, tasting, and loving what we do have. I’d much rather live an abundant life than an all-inclusive life, and luckily, that’s available to us all. So, slow down and tune in to the abundance in your life. Breathe it in, taste it, touch it, see it, hear it, and embrace it. And with that, I leave you for the abundance of beach, sunshine, relaxation, and QT with the fam awaiting me, hasta luego amigos!

One Healthy Breakdown: slow down and enjoy the abundance that surrounds you.

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