The Kimpton Seafire: The Art of Overwhelming
In this moment, I’m overwhelmed.
So often I hear this word from our clients – we have it displayed in giant letters on the home screen for a reason. They come to us feeling overwhelmed, knowing that they need direction from the rabbit trails that they can be led down while researching online. At Epperly Travel, we don’t sell a product – we offer a solution to that feeling that grows in the pit of your stomach when you realize that you simply cannot do it all.
Here you thought this was a post about the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa, which I know you’re looking forward to hearing about and I plan on writing more one day soon. You’d be surprised to know that I still consider this a post about this hotel because I think they’ve figured out the key to unlocking whatever is bottled up inside of a traveler’s heart. They’ve done that by choosing a staff that genuinely cares about each head that goes in their beds, as I saw when I opened the door just a half hour ago to turndown service and, when I told sweet Marie thank you but I didn’t need anything tonight, she asked if I needed a hug.
And I was in awe. It made me pause. It made me smile. It made me cry (I waited until after I closed the door for that part, though).
Yes, I did need a hug. Very much. If only she knew exactly why and for how long and what that did to my heart. Yet somehow, she did know – or at least she knew, intuitively, what she needed to offer in that moment.
Now here I sit, describing a movement in my own soul akin to what our clients feel. This is a different kind of overwhelmed, though. I’m sitting on the balcony of my bright and airy ocean view room, soft music in the background that might belong on the soundtrack for whatever project Zach Braff has up his indie sleeves next (he’s my favorite. those soundtracks are my favorite. I might need to watch Garden State in the next week.), watching the sun set so delicately into the ocean that you could almost hear it sizzle.
Seafire. What a fitting name.
This is the good kind of overwhelmed – the kind that is brought to me only by discovering what this great world has to offer. Simultaneously, I’m the bad kind of overwhelmed with a number of conflicting emotions in my own heart for my own reasons, but it seems to me that the only remedy for this feeling is exactly what I offer our clients – the opportunity to escape on all levels, physically and mentally and spiritually, and the opportunity, should you choose to seize it, to escape inwardly, as well. To dive down deep and find within you what it is that you need to make you whole.
I’ve been taking time over the past couple of weeks to reflect on the year behind us and to find meaning in what could be of the year ahead. In yoga, they call this setting an intention and I’ve never known what they were talking about because, as much as I love yoga and it’s supposed to make you slow down, I haven’t once taken the time to stop and ask what the heck an intention is and where could I possibly buy one?
But I get it now – and I want to actively apply it to my life. The intention I have for the year ahead of me is the intention to be open:
Open-minded, as I fear I’m quick to judge and not take the time to remember that, as a whole, each of us is truly doing the best we can with the tools we were given.
Open-eyed, as I fear I’m missing life that is going on right in front of me while succumbing to distractions.
Open-handed, as I fear I try to hold too tightly to the gifts I’ve been given instead of living in an open-palmed way of letting go, always ready to receive whatever is meant to be received.
Open-hearted, as I fear that this is the most precious of gifts to close off behind a lock and key, which is how I’ve been living for the past several years after a brush with badness that nearly shut me down – but something that I can’t blame for the rest of my life, that I have the power to overcome by choosing to live a life that thrills me.
It’s never too late to rewrite your story. If I can take the time to be open to everything in this world around me, then I know I can get it right. I’m anxious to see and taste and feel and listen and take everything in all at once, knowing that this moment is fleeting, I’m not ever going to get it back. There will be many other sunsets in my future, but I want to focus on the one that’s right in front of me.
And that’s why I’m overwhelmed. This is what living openly can do – to put you so in tune with a complete stranger that you can respond in a way that, even if it is far beyond your call of duty, actually tends to their needs. This is what our company is going for in 2017 and this is what I personally am going for in this year, as well.
We have set our intentions.