Dave and I have just returned from a week-long cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. I was so busy with work the weeks leading up to the cruise, I forgot to check to see what my cell phone capabilities and internet connection would be while adrift at sea. Come to find out, we had a bit of connectivity one or two days but for the most part, we stayed away from internet. Wowee. I have to admit I felt a bit like Sandra Bullock's character in "Gravity" when she was disconnected in space. I almost felt like if I yelled, no one would be able to hear me. No Weebly? No facebook? "How will you function?" Dave asked me. "Well, it's my birthday, so you'll just have to entertain me", I quipped. And so it was.
What a lovely journey we had. Room service for breakfast each morning, then I was off to my Boot Camp workout class that hopefully allowed me to only gain 5 pounds instead of the typical cruising weight gain. I read John Grisham's new book "Sycamore Row" (true Grisham----loved every single word of it!) and the new "Allegiant" book in the "Divergent" series. Dave and I talked a good bit about our future and how much we love being married still, even after 21 years.
AND.....we interacted a good bit with the staff on the ship. I loved getting to know our cabin stewards, joking with our assistant waiter in the dining room, laughing with the casino dealers, and telling the ship's crew how much we appreciated the "extra" things they did.
Overall, being off the grid did wonders for my mental health but I missed the "connections" that come from blogging and talking to friends on facebook. We're in flight from Miami to Phoenix as I type this and I couldn't wait to say how much I missed everyone.
I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving.
Just for today, perhaps you might consider telling someone in customer service how much you appreciate them. They always hear the bad stuff but they really love hearing the good stuff too. It might just make your day as well.