How would you describe paradise? Perhaps it would include gently swaying palm trees alongside turquoise waters. I’ll bet that your workplace, computers, meetings, or deadlines are not part of your description. Yet, you can bring paradise to work. I did.
Last week I was in paradise. I took a vacation with my husband and went to St. George, Utah. We stayed at the Red Mountain Spa. The majestic, red limestone formations that fill the scenery there will take your breath away. When you arrive at Red Mountain you will only find people who want your stay to be wonderful and stress free. They welcome you with a smile. The activities they arrange, like yoga and hiking, will nourish your spirit. Then there’s the nourishment for your body. You can’t imagine more tasty, healthy food. The highlight of going to sleep each night was knowing that you were just a few hours closer to savoring their organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee. Each meal was a smorgasbord of delight.
I noticed that early in the week there were mostly women guests at Red Mountain. Later in the week more men arrived. Here’s what made the environment there so wonderful. The women wore little and mostly no make up. There wasn’t a hair style in the group, unless you count a pony tail or a quick combing. People dressed for the weather and activity, not for style. You saw mostly jeans and yoga pants. That’s my definition of paradise. Could you imagine a workplace like that?
Each day, participants selected activities that brought them joy. They could choose from interesting lectures on healthy lifestyle alternatives to yoga classes or hiking. When I thought about it, the activities were all about self improvement. Isn’t that what work should be about, too?
Here’s what I decided. At Red Mountain, women felt comfortable simply being themselves. They didn’t feel the need to become someone else. Their actions reflected this simplicity. They could dress comfortably and uncomplicated. They didn’t wear makeup and they looked wonderful and healthy. Was it the environment and the food? Perhaps. I think it was something else. I think that the women there were accepting themselves just the way they were. That’s paradise.
Am I saying that you should wear yoga pants to work with no makeup? Of course not. I recognize that at work there’s the dress for success issue that needs to be considered. Here’s what I mean. You don’t need to be a shopaholic and cram your closet filled with many different outfits. Get a few simple, classic fashions that work and work for you for a long time. If you can’t get ready in the morning in under 10 minutes, get a different hair style and make up routine.
Why should self improvement only apply at a tranquil vacation? What are you doing when you go back to the real world? What do you do for self improvement? Turn off the television and read. Go to a yoga class. Join a book club.