Lessons from 2 weeks in Vernon

David Andrew Wiebe
5 min readNov 20, 2020
Lessons from 2 weeks in Vernon

With vague (but pleasant) memories of a city I visited three years ago, I set off.

The two-week break would give me ample time to see if some of that magic from summer 2017 could be recaptured.

And most importantly, it would allow me to catch up on the rest I desperately needed.

Here’s what I learned on my time away.

If You Need to Rest, Rest

I knew I needed a break, which is why I went to Vernon in the first place.

When I arrived, though, I realized I was more exhausted than I thought. I’d spent a lot of time resting up before leaving, so I figured I would be in better shape than I was.

And that’s why I didn’t do much in Vernon. For the most part, I stayed in bed.

I was going to do more journaling and reading than I ended up doing. And that’s okay. My most pressing questions, nevertheless, were answered. Sometimes in conversation. Sometimes through reflection.

While resting, I still published every day, and the Life Transition series is a result of that. But that was a relatively small part of my day overall and didn’t add any stress to it.

There isn’t much point in trying to get a lot of stuff done when you’re not even in the right mind space to do it.

If you need rest, rest. It’s worth it.

Give Yourself Time to Reflect

There is always something to be gained from stopping and reflecting, even if it’s just walking to the park and back.

If you’re in a frustration cycle right now, then recognize that doing more is just going to add to the big ball of frustration you’ve been building. More action is not going to get you out of it. It’s not the answer.

I’m not saying that stopping and taking a break is a catch-all answer, but it is an elegant solution to a complicated problem.

Elegant because it’s surrender, letting go. It’s as if saying to the universe, “I know this is going on, and I don’t care. I’ve got better things to do.”

Complicated because you can’t get out of a frustration cycle (or any cycle — also known as a pendulum)…



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