I can’t help being reminded of a T-shirt my late husband wore. It was commissioned by his barbershop quartet; they wore them together on a barbershop weekend retreat for practicing, hanging around the lake house, and just “chilling” (in Palm Springs). The shirt simply said: RELAX. A lot of the people near and dear to me have been experiencing heightened anxiety – myself included.
November has been a difficult month. To cap it all off, my boss resigned on the last day. My boss and I are the ONLY employees of the Conservation Foundation where I work. And I just moved onto conservation land at the beginning of the month. I have a lot of questions about my local future to add to the bigger questions I have about a global and universal future.
*sigh* So…what do I do to relax? I go outside. I walk. I watch the trees, the sky, the animals, the sun doing what they do without anxiety, on a larger scale, and with the simple grace of the present moment. It never ceases to be helpful to my mood. So, pull up a bench…and relax with me.
Look closely at the beauty all around, and wonder in silence.
Walking in nature is great for relaxation.
Absolutely my first response!
Sigh. So sorry you are going through such uncertainty now, Priscilla. I’m in the same space. After my mom’s death we are finding so many problems with her trust. But nature, yes. And right now that’s hard for me because I can’t tolerate the cold anymore.
Aren’t you in the desert for the winter? I hope you can find relaxing vistas and wondrous beauty in your mind’s eye at any time. Be well, my friend!
Not yet. We stay for a bit of winter…last year snow on Christmas eve. In the desert, I will savor nature again. Here too from inside. This morning another tree full of cedar wax wings!
My way of relaxing, too. Praying that you have a relaxing holiday season with resolution of many of your uncertainties.
Thank you, Janet. And I will try to make each of my days a holy day. 🙂