Like me, have you also wondered how we use the word “holidays” for vacations? Where are you going for holidays… when you are on holidays… etc etc.
In a light bulb moment, it occurred to me that in past people used pilgrimage to achieve same or at least similar outcomes. That is – Relax, Reflect and Reform
Vacations is a time when we can get away from daily mundane activities, relax (if we can) and recharge. Experiences during the travel can be great opportunity to learn and understand what really matters in life. We see different places, different people and gain many experiences. It is also an opportunity to reset the past and start a new beginning for future activities.
Perhaps, in past people did this as a part of their religious activity to reform their future through Relax, Reflect and Reform action chain. On the journey and at the pilgrimage, they met learned sages and fellow travellers to benefit from their experiences. This, they termed as getting rid of old sins and beginning of a new future life (hopefully a good one).
This month in India, millions of people will join Kumbh Mela. It is a hindu religious belief that old sins gets washed away by having a dip in holy waters. May be it was their way to Relax, Reflect and Reform, and have a fresh start for better future.
In any case, if we can keep, Relax, Reflect and Reform, in mind for each of our holidays. Learn from each travel and every time we are on holidays, to be a better person in future. It will be a good return from the investment of our time, efforts and money.
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