Monday, November 17, 2008

Slowing Down

Lately I feel like I’ve been rushing in every aspect of my life—home, work, friends, family, everything. There is always someone I need to call, an email that needs to be sent here or there, a project that needs to get finished, a blog that needs to be written, a laptop that’s died, bills that need to be paid, Christmas shopping that has to get done, plans that have to be finalized….its a never ending process. While I love all that of that, sometimes I just need to get back to me, as selfish as that may sound. I need to leave everything behind sometimes and just go be.

On Saturday I felt like the world was just closing in on me and I needed to get away. Where? I had no idea, but in the afternoon my dog and I jumped in the car with no destination in mind. It was raining, as it had been all day so we just drove around the Valley. Soon the rain let up some and I headed to a local park where I somehow always end up when I need to center myself. It’s a place where the dog can roam free and there aren’t typically a lot of people around, which was exactly what I needed at the moment.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
~John Muir


We were there at the perfect time, due to the weather and the never ending drizzle, it was isolated. Sandy loved being able to run free chasing and jumping after leaves that were kicked up by the wind. I threw stick after stick for her until she tired of that and then we just walked and played around. Sometimes she would slide on the wet leaves sideways; other times just plop down and sigh. The clouds that hung in the air were quickly moving, gray and on occasion a hint of sun would shine down on us. The wind was bitterly cold and strong, the kind you have to brace yourself against. It blew my hair in every direction and scattered leaves that were just barely clinging to the trees. As Sandy and I walked to the top of the hill a gust came bearing down us. Sandy just sat down and held her head up feeling it blow past her. For some reason I held out my arms, threw my head back , closed my eyes, and just felt the rain sting my skin and the cold air hurtle past me taking with it all my worries and troubles. I can’t tell you how long I stood there; it couldn’t have been more than a few moments. Soon after the rain picked up again sending Sandy and I back to the car. My hair was completely windblown, my cheeks rosy pink from spending a few hours out in the elements, the tips of my ears burning from the chill in the air. Sandy was muddy and smelled like wet dog. I wouldn’t have traded those two hours for anything.

I don’t really consider myself an outdoorsy type of person, but for me there is something about going to this park and just being out in nature. It restores my soul, helps me put things back into perspective, lets me slow down and just relaxes me. It reminds me that this too shall pass-- that my troubles and worries of the moment are only temporary, they to go just like the seasons. It reminds me to savor the moment and appreciate it for what it is—a specific moment in time. It allows me to just be....


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As a side note, my laptop died over the weekend so I am way behind on blogs, comments, and messages. I am keeping my fingers crossed that my new one will arrive by the end of the week. Many thanks to my friend who had to endure multiple phone calls from me as I was shopping for a new one --I appreciate it!!

Don’t forget about the Charity Challenge!

12 comments:

Frank said...

I just getting away on a spur-of-the-moment impulse. There's a park not too far from where I live that has a huge patch of forest with a few trails. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I just go there and spend a few minutes walking around the trees. Always makes me feel better.

LBluca77 said...

Sometimes I feel like I need to just get away too. Usually when this happens I just turn off my phone, laptop and tv and just enjoy being in my apartment in the peace and quiet.

AntonucciFamily said...

I am so glad that you have an "escape" so close to home! It is good to get away sometimes and clear your head. I hope that you get your computer trouble all figured out soon!

MeLaNiE said...

There is something about having that "escape."

SS+1 said...

escaping to center yourself sounds like it was the perfect recipe for ya :)

Nikki said...

Just emailed you my photo for the challenge!

Auburn Kat said...

Great post! Sometimes the best medicine is just to go be outside by yourself and having a dog with you I'm sure helps!

One thing I love to do is go on walks, it always clears my head!

Andy said...

I need my driver's license. ASAP.

Bayjb said...

Sometimes we all need a little mental break, taking some time to get yourself back on your feet and get a little change of scenery. I hope your laptop gets fixed soon!

jamie said...

I agree. Being outside helps me regain my soul and my balance. I often go full speed in twenty different directions, and simply being, quietly, in the outdoors always helps me collect. Especially if you bring a good mug full of green tea.

Princess Pointful said...

I love the idea of momentary bursts of freedom. We all need to get away for no specific reason every once in a while.

Coconut said...

I've been feeling like that lately, too. Obviously, my blog is neglected. I cannot WAIT for Thanksgiving and a four day weekend!