The mention of the word "holiday" excites almost everyone. To some, it is a chance to travel and escape the stress of working life.
To others, it is a time to just lounge around, having that extra hours in bed or spending more time with family and friends.
How do we define our holidays? Rest and relax...yeah...
But unfortunately, there is a lot more to the word, that we are missing out, and perhaps this is the cause why we always do not feel satisfied at the end of our "holidays".
What most of us don't know is the origin of the word "holiday". Can you make a guess?
I just discovered it myself as I read an article on my favourite magazine, Anis.
"Holiday" comes from the word "Holy Day" from ancient English. A day to strengthen the spiritual state of minds, to be closer to the Creator.
So, this is the real meaning. Our early ancestors had benefited from their holidays, as they rejuvenated their spirituality, and this brought a positive outcome on their physical and mental states.
I am not saying that you should be attending more religious classes or spiritual sessions during the holidays. What you need to change now is the deeper realisation of the One that creates the beautiful things you are enjoying so far.
Who created the breathtaking views that you have captured on your DSLR when you were in Europe or Middle East? Visiting the remains of an ancient civilisation? What happened to the glorious kingdoms in the past? What can we learn from these?
Going on a rollercoaster ride in a new theme park? What makes this technology possible? Gravity? Who creates gravity?
Realise that all these show how powerless and small we are, in front of the Creator.
So, now, think deeper into your holiday activities. Do they enhance your lives spiritually? If the answer is "No", you are simply wasting away your holidays and perhaps your money too.
Let's now think of Holidays as Spiritual Rejuvenation.
You will bring home a new lease of energy and meaning in life.