Today I let myself relax. No, I purposely went out to relax and succeeded for the most part.
One thing I did was take a book out onto the front porch and read, tilted back comfortably, with all the dogs who wanted to be with me out on the porch, too. It wasn’t too hot since rain has come in. Luckily for me, the pressure and heat has stabilized and the arthritis can relax some, too, which means it doesn’t hurt as much when it rains. In fact, this is the time of year when rain is enjoyable for body and mind.
Worries and concerns tried very hard to worm their way into my brain, but I decided firmly I was just going to enjoy the book I was reading and pushed the worry-thoughts away, like sticks on the water getting too close to my boat. It was easy to push them away, and keep them away. Meditation and prayer is good for teaching you how to deal with things. Only now have I begun to realize how to utilize what I’ve been practicing all these years. Yeah, it’s weird to me, too.
Reading, with my bare feet in a patch of sunshine, gave me peace I’ve been missing these past few weeks. Slipping deep into the story and the beauty of the descriptive words was just what I needed to genuinely relax.
Over the past weekend, The Husband moved our fig tree outside on the front porch. Having it present was a wonderful addition to the reading ambience, especially since sparrows and some other small birds felt safe enough to come and land on the taller branches. A large pine tree is also in the front yard, which is home to mocking birds, robins, wrens, and, if I’m not mistaken, a nesting pair of cardinals.
Being surrounded by dogs and birds with brilliant sunshine and a cool breeze blowing, I finally relaxed and sort of “returned” to being me.
It was such a wonderful moment of “return”, when I came back inside, I began to work immediately on one of the short stories for the collection!