When you hear the phrase “Caribbean island” what image comes to mind? Well, after my recent visit to Roatan, I now have a new image to add to my file.
Roatan is a beautiful island off the coast of Honduras. The island is 48 miles long and 5 miles across. It is a popular island for scuba divers because it is located near the second largest barrier reef in the world.
When we arrived in Roatan it was a gorgeous morning. The sky was picture perfect blue and the water mirrored the sky. Our ship docked in Mahogany Bay. As we left the ship and walked along the pier, I found myself gazing at tropical fish through crystal clear blue water.
While the island has been a favorite with divers, it is a relatively new port for cruise ships. Therefore, Roatan has limited excursions, however the beaches are exquisite. Since we live in Florida and I love learning the local history, we chose a historical tour of the island.
After a brisk walk through Mahogany Bay, we met our tour guide Lena. Born and raised on Roatan, she was excited to share her home with us. Lena shared the rich history of Roatan during our tour. The original inhabitants of the island were pre-Columbian indigenous people possibly related to the Paya, Maya, Lenca or Jicaque.
After Christopher Columbus visited the island on his fourth voyage, the island became a frequent stop for Spaniards to acquire slaves. During the colonial times, Spain and Britain both occupied the island. A haven for pirates, Roatan was the home of several famous pirates including Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, and John Coxen.
As we concluded our tour and our bus returned to port, my husband asked me “was I enjoying my vacation?” I responded with a resounding yes! As we sat on our balcony watching Roatan fade into the background, I wondered why my response was so strong. I realized I finally started to relax. I spent an entire day without thinking about work!
Leaders should take vacation! Everyone needs down-time to rest, relax, recuperate, regenerate and rejuvenate. There is a link between vacations, creativity and health. Mark Batterson said “ change of place + change of pace = change in perspective.” Our bodies and mind need to rest.
I know what you are thinking – “Kim, I can’t take a vacation.” Why? “Because I am the boss and things may fall apart if I am not there!” So how do you rest and relax when you are the person in charge? Well, it starts before you leave for vacation by building a strong team. Ask yourself, “Can my team function without me?” If the answer is yes, great, enjoy your vacation! However if it is no, then you have some work to do.
When you have a high functioning team, you can go vacation and not worry about what is happening. Building a strong team is a win for your team, the organization, and you. Now you can rest, relax, recuperate, regenerate and rejuvenate.
So tell me, what’s your next step to rest, relax, recuperate, regenerate and rejuvenate?
Dr. Kim Moore
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