Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Cheaper than therapy
I just finished weeding the pea patch and boy do I feel good. A little achey in the shoulders, a broken nail, grass stains on my jeans, a little sunburn on the back of my neck, but I feel good! Digging in the dirt is theraputic for me. I can zone out, let my mind wander while my hands are busy and enjoy the smell of earth, the warmth of the sunshine, the companionship of my chicken. Yes, my chicken, remember? She also feels good when I weed the garden because she gets all the yummy worms and bugs I unearth just for her. One of my favorite quotes is "I know of a cure for everything: salt water. . . Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea." by Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen whose work I have never actually read. But these things are cures for me too. To go and sit by the ocean and watch the waves, or if I'm lucky, the dolphins. To go for a walk or a run or even hula-hoop for ten minutes on the Wii Fit. And, sometimes, a good old-fashioned blubbering cry will do the trick. Then I am restored enough to go on with my daily life with a lighter heart and a calmer mindset. What are your little therapies that help you put things back into perspective? Please share.