What is your idea of personal luxury? For some it's an exquisite object, while for others it's a special experience. Maybe it's a piece of art or a private jet that can whisk you off to your favorite destination—without the crowds. Or perhaps it's a personal valet who caters to your every whim, or a beach house where you can relax in peace. Me? I'd love to spend a month at a photography class in Maine.
If you probe a little deeper into each of these personal wishes, you can see that, ultimately, they all revolve around time. And that, perhaps, is the greatest luxury we can attain: more time to be with our loved ones, more time to be by ourselves. In a world where we are ruled by a clock and other gadgets that keep us connected, we all want to slow down but are trained to believe that lessening the pace means giving something up. Work harder, faster, longer—these are the ways to succeed, we are told. And, certainly, success breeds monetary riches that grant us the luxuries that we crave.
Yet something tells me we need to step back and do for ourselves what no one else will. Read a book, turn off the TVs and the BlackBerry, light a candle. Simply breathe. It is a great indulgence—but an important one—to carve out a bit of time to do something we want or, simply to do nothing at all. Maybe it's the end of winter and the restlessness of spring that's gnawing at me, but I know what I want: time for myself. We all must make time for ourselves! And I can't think of a more perfect time to start than right now.
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