Importance of Vacations
By Dr. Ali Khwaja, a Banjara, a perpetual wanderer who is never in a hurry, for he has no destination
Are you aware that holidays and vacations are absolutely essential to you, like charging the battery of a gadget? As a human being you cannot go on and on with your routine life, unless you get some breaks and time to unwind.
Do you take time off for periodic vacations (not just pilgrimages, marriages etc.)? And most important, do you have vacations that are truly free, relaxing, unscheduled and amidst nature (…..without your laptop and phone?) I believe that you can face any amount of stress and challenges in your official or personal life if you take small and big breaks from time to time.
With summer heat adding to strain and exhaustion, do plan out some unique and interesting trips away from your city. Or……. don’t plan, just do it!
Some of us enjoy our work and look forward to the mornings, feel contented at the end of the day, and are relaxed.
Others also work very hard, are fully committed to their responsibilities, fulfill all their obligations, but start and end
Have you given a thought how swiftly we are going away from nature?
Come summer and we escape into air-conditioned rooms, cars, malls and restaurants. Higher our sky-scrapers are going, more we are losing touch with grass, flowers, insects, stray dogs, paper boats in the rain. As our “smart-phones” get smarter and more expensive, we are narrowing down our world into the six inch screens. Our view of the sky above is getting constrained and we can rarely admire cloud formations, birds in V-shaped groups, constellations of the stars, and of course the stunningly charming light of the full moon.
Nature does not need us, but we need nature – in many aspects, to survive and, to enrich our lives – but we are not doing much to maintain our harmony with it.
Someone has given a name to our lifestyle and its negative effects – “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Experts love to put labels, but I believe in action. Can we reduce this ‘deficit’, make plans to get back into nature in all possible ways? Please try.
To boost you up, here are some reasons why basic study of Science and Math till 10th standard will help you in future:
is the window to development, it ignites your curiosity and opens your eyes to the great wonders going on in the world around us. You develop an innovate mind and understand the laws of nature, how humans live in harmony with ecology. It is also the catalyst for change in society. Each part of science viz. physics, chemistry and biology, helps us understand different facets ranging from measurement of space and time, to interaction of materials, to living organisms. Together they constitute the essence of the entire world.
is the subject that sharpens our logical and reasoning powers, helps develop logical thinking, gives us the ability to calculate prices, manage money and understand the value of things. With a thorough understanding of Maths we can safeguard our interests and be secure throughout life. We can use it to estimate, project, manipulate data, solve intricate problems of life, compare and evaluate. Geometry gives us a better understanding of space and areas.
Have you noticed the extent to which we use labels and try to categorize people based on their traits, personalities, and more so if they have any quirks or idiosyncrasies? It is a fad (and perhaps very satisfying too) to put a rubber stamp calling someone Narcissistic, and calling oneself an Empath.
I do agree that there are a few very unreasonable people around us, some of them being extremely frustrating or painful. Yet, as the proverb says, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” We can certainly look for ways and means to find the path of least resistance, of taking matters more in our control, of finding ways and means to protect ourselves.
We can improve matters for ourselves only if we focus on our healing and betterment. As long as we are spending time analyzing, labeling and condemning the person who is hurting us, we are neglecting our own self. Even if some people are bad to us, at least we can be good to ourselves, isn’t it?
We have done extensive research and experiments on the ways and means of supplementing the social and emotional learning of children of all ages, and are presenting the techniques in our on-line program, open to all adults, named “Certificate in Child and Adolescent Development” starting on 15th May, 2021.
We will not only be teaching you through weekly sessions the practical ways to work with children and ensure their balanced growth and development, but will also give you sessions with qualified and experienced Mentors who will review and guide you every week on the activities you may try out with any child. This learning will be very useful far beyond the current pandemic, and will empower you to work towards bringing up a new generation of mature, sensitive and balanced children who will face the future world with confidence.