The problem with visiting exotic or fascinating places is I usually end up feeling pressured to pack in as much as I possibly can — see every landmark, hit every museum, get great pictures of everything, dine in all the best restaurants.

What invariably happens, at least at some point, is I'm so tired I can barely concentrate at the museums, I don't spend enough time at the landmarks to really appreciate them, and I worry more about getting a picture of something than I do about seeing it.

There's plenty of doctrinal basis for making it a priority to occasionally be still, to be quiet. There are several references in the New Testament to the Savior taking time to be alone, and plenty of scriptures that invite disciples to emulate his example of meditation and solitude.

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