Without quiet and some peace, there is no way I can approach any sort of balance in my life.
This is just the way it is and so, I have come to accept that.
Most of my adult life has been consumed by a very stressful career that takes a ton of energy. For much of that time, I just kept pushing. My only respite was coming home and putting my feet up in the HVAC for a half hour. That is just simply not a sustainable equation for a balanced life. And, that routine eventually took its toll on my health and well being. But, the anecdote was right there all along and I just wasn’t taking advantage of it. My family has had a cabin up in the forest for generations. It is a place where I have fond childhood memories. However, once I started working, there was just no time for that spot. That has changed. Now, I get away to that cabin whenever I can. Going from the HVAC comfort of my office to the HVAC comfort of my home was not enough. The cabin offers me a great deal of peace and perspective. In an effort to get the rest of my family up there more, I recently installed a ductless HVAC system. It is perfect really. It’s unobtrusive as it sits high on a wall. But, it does a great job of heating and cooling that space. Now that there is some HVAC at the cabin, my wife has been more eager to join me. She loved the cabin but didn’t like the primitive heating and zero cooling.