I love a “retreat” — which for me is generally a treasured (approaching sacred) time with physical and/or mental distance away from the daily grind.
I retreat to rest and rejuvenate. I retreat to reflect. I retreat to plan. I frequently retreat to write. I retreat for self-care.
I have even been known to retreat just to get a brief break from the cold, gray, and snow of winter.
I retreat in solitude and I retreat in groups.
The common denominator of my retreats is that I always retreat to advance.
It’s easy to stay super busy (for me both professionally and personally). And frequently we falsely assume that constant motion or activity is the “key to success” and progress. However, I’ve learned — and re-learned time and time again — that for me retreating is critical to true progress, fulfillment and advancement.
So in all cases I retreat to advance:
To advance in my thinking,
To advance in my work,
To advance in my writing,
To advance in my self-care.
Retreating is critical to my success, fulfillment, grounding….so I retreat to advance!