Fun Time Adds Zest to Life

By John Aberle | Business Lifestyle

Feb 22

John & Dorothy Aberle, February 21, 2009, Rainforest Cafe

John & Dorothy Aberle, February 21, 2009, Rainforest Cafe

This weekend Dorothy and I celebrated her birthday at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Even though she had to work most of the day, we arrived around 4:30 PM and enjoyed the attractions until 9:00 PM when we grabbed dinner at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney.

We had a blast! We visited the Boudin Bakery and ate some Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread, watched the Pixar Play Parade, walked the boardwalk at Paradise Pier, then flew over California in the Soarin over California ride – it’s our favorite ride in that park. What incredible views: flying over snow covered mountains just above the skiers, zipping over the waves with surfers almost touching our feet, shooting over San Francisco and Los Angeles, gliding over the rocky shore near Monterey, and ending at the Disney Theme Parks in Anaheim. From there we went to Disneyland to shop, helped Buzz Lightyear fight the evil Zorg – twice, and took the Monorail completely around its route and returned to Downtown Disney for dinner.

Most of all, it was an opportunity for me to pull away from work to just enjoy time with my wife. Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt describe this in their wonderful book, The Power of Focus. In “The Achievers Focusing System,” they include “Fun Time!” as one of the seven areas of our lives that we need to plan for. It recharges us. Living a balanced life includes allotting time for recreation (that’s when we re-create ourselves).

While Disneyland may not be your birthday treat, get away from everything work related for a day or two or three. Dorothy and I plan a fun outing every two to three months for just the two of us, even if it’s just to go sightseeing. These mini-vacations give zest to our lives.

By now you may suspect that where I go, my camera goes. And so do at least two books. What’s your favorite way to unwind? And do you do it with someone or go by yourself to enjoy the solitude?


About the Author

My first Kindle eBook, How Relationship Selling Rewards Small Businesses, went live on April 24, 2012. I've lived a lifetime of service and spiritual search so it's natural for me to incorporate these attitudes into my work. I believe that selling and marketing are spiritual service when done with a heart-centered, relationship selling approach. All of business success comes down to building strong relationships.