Monday, June 15, 2009


I've posted this picture before. I got it in an email years ago and had it up in front of my desk for a really long time. I think it was the look on his face more than anything that made me love him. I'm feeling the need for a little light relief. I have been in that weird place of low-level stress where you feel like everything is okay, but you can also feel this weird tension growing. I've been waking up realizing that my jaw aches and my shoulders are tense. I know you know what I am talking about.

So this morning as I tried to download photos, write an email and deal with a crisis all at the same time, my computer and my brain crashed at exactly the same moment. I sat and just looked at the little colour wheel spinning endlessly in front of me and then shook my head and laughed. I laughed the absurdity of my brain. I laughed at the unnecessary pain and strain that we put on ourselves. Why on earth when we know better do we let ourselves get wound up in knots over ridiculous things? In the grand scheme of life, how does this tension help?

I know lots of ways to live a creative/ full/ inspired/ abundant life. My bookshelf is groaning under the weight of all of those ideas. But what good are those ideas if I forget them when I need them the most? I think that that is the question I need answered most of all. How do we hold onto that part of ourselves that can see the stars when we are swirling in the ordinary?

How do you do it? How do you keep hold of your perspective?


Julie M said...

I some ways it seems a really simple and contrite answer but I have to make time to journal daily. Something about the process of writing the words on the page stops my head spinning. It means that generally positive me which gets hidden by layers of stress and worry can peek through to see life as it really is.

Genie Sea said...

Just look up honey. The stars are always there. Just take the time and look up :) Ordinary you ain't :)

Brandi said...

actually, I step away from the bookcase and get outside. that's my sure fired, tried and true method of staying centered and focused.

and I totally get caught in the wheel too.

wishing you peace, balance adn wholeness today-

Jamie said...

Laughing is an awesome reminder.

And stepping away - going for a walk or having a long, luxurious shower, taking a break and realizing the world isn't going anywhere.

Spending time with love - enjoying places I love and activities I love and mostly the people I love and that love me, letting them remind me of who I really am.

Amber said...

I walk with my bare feet in the dirt.


Leah said...

stepping away is great advice. for me it's about returning to play and delight, letting go of all the information and just heading towards the joy. And be gentle with yourself. :-) xo

GreenishLady said...

I stop thinking I'll ever be able to keep hold of perspective, realise that every day includes the business of turning again towards my true north, my kaaba, and some days I'm in line, some days I'm way off.

And all the suggestions above are good ones. Especially a journal, especially light and air (says the couch-potato), and the right company (which might be just your own).