Yesterday, my husband and I decided to take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Neither of us had ever been there before. We were only two hours away, so we figured what the hell.

Our adventure had a momentary setback when we discovered we had to take a ferry and the parking lot was four miles away. But we managed to park and hop on a bus back to the dock before the ferry left.

Needless to say, there was a tad bit of stress involved. But as we settled into our seats on the ferry, we felt a calm come over us. There was nothing but sunshine and the ocean air.

Everything else melted away.

Once we got to the island, we rented a couple of bikes and rode around to Oak Bluff. We found this great restaurant called Lobsterville. Their second floor balcony gave us a great view of the harbor. I ordered their lobster roll and the chunks of lobster meat were as big as my thumb.

I was totally relaxed.

I wanted to stay longer so I could maintain the feeling. But it occurred to me that I was able to relax because I allowed myself to be in the moment.

When we slow down and enjoy the moment, we relax. Being present makes us better writers.

I picked up a rock with the word “Relax” craved in it as a souvenir. It’s my reminder to slow down and enjoy moment.


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