School is back in session which means it’s back to the grind of early mornings and that ever-present feeling of not enough time. It’s way too easy to get caught up in the hustle without the flow by giving into the pressure of stress. And when this happens I tend to get a bit short sighted…seeing only the stressful situation in front of me.
But it’s a big ole world out there with all sorts of energy, and it’s up to me to open my eyes (+ ears!) wide enough to let the good stuff seep in. The sucky stuff has a way of taking center stage pretty quickly (especially in city living where the dirt and grime sit so comfortably on the surface). I don’t have to focus on the yuck, letting it consume my all. I can deal with life and pay attention to everything going on.
Like the other day while rummaging through racks of clothes for my upcoming shoot I heard the faint vocals of Atoms for Peace emanating in the background. This made me happy!
Or that cool piece of street art on East Houston — I can actually stop for a minute to take it in.
Slowing down definitely helps let the goodness appear. It won’t be easy as I race around from soccer mom to working mom, but it only takes a few minutes to put it all into perspective.
How do you keep the good within view?
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Good one! “Keeping the good in view” is so hard to do. By the way I love your phrase: Keeping the Good in View. I am only human and I fall into all of the traps and “family button pushing dynamics” that keep me tied up in the frantic stuff of the moment.
What you have done with your post: REMINDING US of what we all do especially in stress mode is a wonderful service to us.
Because if we store it in our background brain it will come out to poke us into a better place from time to time.
Great reminder, Elysha–thank you. I do try to remind myself to slow down, see the world’s abundant beauty, but I agree the pace is so fast and engulfing at times. Sometimes I have started to write things on my to do list like “sip tea” or even “sit outside.” A personal fave is to really notice, and when possible engage, people around me who might be considered tangential–the cashier at the pharmacy, the waitress at the restaurant, people standing behind me in line at a show, even passersby. Lots of good vibes have come from that practice. Thanks again,my wise friend. xoxo
GGW, I fall into those traps too. I think awareness is a huge help here. Once we know what we’re doing, we can try to do better (and keep the good within view). Your comment made me so happy, btw — thank you!
What a great practice, ST – connecting with strangers who you meet on the path. I could see how that could be really positive for everyone involved. Thank you, as always.xoxo
Yes, everyday life can consume us…like Sirena Tales, I schedule things like yoga on my to do list 🙂 I think one of my biggest sanity savers is my Thursday ‘me’ day…yoga class, coffee and chat with my girlfriends and then either hair or beautician appointment, massage (a new one on the list) or writing in a cafe…I love Thursdays 🙂
Sara, your Thursdays sound fantastic. I can see how it can be your sanity saver– knowing it’s coming up, and you’ll get your chance to recharge and refresh your perspective.