It is when events continue to replay over and over in the mind like a TV rerun and they cannot turn it off...
If I feel edgy, overwhelmed or stressed I go for a walk.
Walking is very helpful when gaining perspective on a situation that is evolving and needs to be addressed.
More often than not these things just slip away on their own as the walk progresses and are quickly forgotten.
How much time does one want to waste trying to figure out what could have been said when a rude or ill mannered person takes a liberty that ruffles one's feathers?
Have you noticed how manners have all but disappeared?
Simple everyday kindness, pleasantries and greetings have been replaced by people staring into their Smart Phones.
I think we need an app for manners...perhaps there is one, I wouldn't know, but honestly people can we not pry our eyes away long enough to be polite, perhaps smile and greet each other?
I am slightly miffed when I see a group of people sharing a meal together and all of them are busy texting.
Are they texting with each other instead of chatting?
It's a little thing but it kind of makes me crazy!
Walking helps me let things go...
I take my IPhone on my walks but I bring it along so I can take pictures for the blog...
I am not busy texting.
Do you make time for a quiet bit of reading each day even when you're busy?
I neglected my love of books when I was extra busy at school...
even though I was promoting them through my job I was not heeding my own advice!
Books have become a big part of my daily routine than when I worked as I now have the luxury of time.
Surprisingly I have started reading genres that I would have never gravitated to until recently...
Louise Penny was a fortuitous discovery and one that has delighted me no end.
Books can transport us to exotic locations, educate us, shock or enlighten, bring us to tears in rapture and joy as well hobble us with despair as the bitter taste of our tears spill forth in sadness.
The local branch of the public library has been a godsend.
Reading good books without having to invest in every book that one wants to read makes so much sense.
The online site showcases new book titles and allows you to reserve books even before they are in circulation so one needn't miss out on what is new.
Researching authors is so easy now that most have their own sites and many are on facebook.
Award winning novels are listed by the prize titles Orange, Booker, Governor General, Pulitzer, Giller, Canada Reads, as well as by country and by year.
Having worked in school libraries for many years I suppose it is natural that I am so passionate about books and it surprises me that many people do not enjoy reading.
Fostering a Love of literature starts early...with bedtime stories.
Parents, nannies, care givers and grandparents all play a part.
Pick up a book and read to those wee ones...
or read to a shut in or someone who is in hospital.
It's such a simple thing to do and such a lovely way to pass the time.
I am not sure that I can envision life without books...
but then again why would I want to?
Stepping off the soap box now...
Who are your favourite authors?
What are you reading?
(other than my blog post)
I need to go for a walk and let these thoughts wash away as gentle as the ocean breeze on this glorious morning.
Be Present in the moment and savour today's gifts.