As luck would have it, this week’s Deb Ball topic coincided with my life quite well. I just returned from a mini-writers retreat on the Oregon coast. I’m pretty relaxed right now, so I’m not full of deep thoughts.
That said (I’m such a liar!), here’s what I think: I think modern life can deplete us. It can sap our inner resources, including our creativity. We are so busy, we sometimes don’t have time to think much less sink deep into our creative sides. We slide over the surfaces of our lives, going fast, fast, faster, hop-scotching from social media to errands to family to other responsibilities.
We can lose sight of ourselves all too easily. Here’s one of my solutions: nature. I go to the coast, walk the beach, stare at the waves. We humans are far removed from nature, and I believe allowing ourselves a few still moments in beautiful spots–leave your damned smartphone in the car!–is one of the greatest healers. Whether you camp, kayak, or simply sit beside a river for awhile–it all helps. I like to bring a journal, but I don’t force myself to write in it.
Do you have any favorite natural spots that help you rejuvenate?
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