30 Seconds or 30 Minutes, it’s timeless

10 Jun

Could you, dear reader, try and do something for me.  You see no matter how strong the desire, how consuming the craving, I am physically, totally, completely unable to do it, and that denial of free choice chips and nibbles at the strongest resolve and will to ‘make the best of it’.

So, on this glorious June afternoon, take a step outside, sit on your patio chair or door step, or stand barefoot in the grass; take a deep breath, observe what’s around you (don’t just see it), feel the sun, the breeze, the air on your face, listen to the natural sounds about you (don’t just hear them), and take another breath, slowly in and slowly out.  Don’t think, don’t fret, don’t stress, just be present in yourself, in that moment.

It doesn’t take much time, it can be the time it takes a kettle to boil or the microwave to ping, or child one to clump child two and start screaming, lol. But man oh man, that briefest moment of calm can do so much good to the mental health if, as busy humans, we do this regularly.

It’s truly a gorgeous day today, one I’d love to sit outside and read my book, have a (albeit one sided) conversation with a passing cat or chirping black bird, cogitate my thoughts or feel the day fresh against my exposed skin, even just to put my bare feet in the grass.  But for many that’s the stuff dreams are made of. 

I’d open the window as wide as it will go but, hmm, ‘things’ of a buzzy, bitey, stingy nature will be too tempted by my tastiness, and Signor Four-Paws might be happy to come in that way but will want out via the front door. Not to mention opening/closing the window is fast becoming a ‘can’t do that’ task. It’s not the same and being completely the same as full enveloped by outsideness. 

My limitations are feeling quite pointed today, it will pass.

I’ll attack my hard toe nail with the clippers instead…..


Posted by on June 10, 2018 in General, Grumble, Life


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5 responses to “30 Seconds or 30 Minutes, it’s timeless

  1. Me

    June 10, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    If I were there we would be out and about OFTEN. I’ve been out today. It’s the first day of no brilliant about two weeks.

    If I’m outside I’m working up a sweat, btw. If I’m outside pushing you—- same story. 🙂

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  2. menhir1

    June 11, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Yes, we do take for granted what we could do, what we can do and what we think we will be able to continue to do. I do feel caged up if I am ‘forced’ to foreshorten my horizons. I somehow don’t think I would be as sanguine as you sound. My pressure valve would at some point start fizzing.

    Today, here, is not one for wiggling toes in any grass. Anyway, I would hate to be the bearer of additional pollen spores into any sensitive household.

    Take care

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  3. deacongill

    June 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    It sounds like a cry from the heart. We only have concrete at the back of the house and a drive at the front for our three flats. Hugs xx

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    • AnneMarie

      June 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      Stand still, look up, take a breath, just for a few seconds. Simple pleasures can quickly be lost as we age, or life invades.

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      • deacongill

        June 11, 2018 at 7:27 pm

        Yes, I love doing this and always have – especially I like sitting on the sofa and looking out the window at the trees in front of our block. So many shades of light.

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