Day Eight: Whether we want to admit it or not, whether we give in or deny it, whether we listen, honor, & respect it or not, there is simply NO getting around the fact that part of our lives must include resting & replenishing. Try as we might to ignore, suppress, or push past our pause point, it will always be there, just waiting for us to accept it. In a society aimed so strictly at achievement it can be hard to stop long enough to refill our tanks. But when we sojourn on without that necessary fuel we are always treated to the truth of just how vital it is to our joy, our creativity, our attention, and our efforts in all we do. So, this year how well did you allow for resting and replenishing? Where, when and how did you fill up your tank? Can you show us an image of a restful spot that you loved this year?
When you live in New York City, sometimes the most restful and relaxing thing that you can do is leave the city… Even if it’s just for a few hours, and that’s not terribly hard to do if you happen to have friends in New Jersey or Long Island or Westchester… all you have to do is hop on a train and you’re somewhere that has trees and people live in houses and drive cars.
I’m reminded of an afternoon when James and I ventured out to his friend George’s house out on Long Island and sat in the backyard with him, Constantine (his brother) and Christine (Constantine’s lovely lady) and had the loveliest time talking and laughing together. It was probably the most relaxing day of the entire summer… I wish for more of those, just sitting around in a backyard with people that you adore and accept you for who you are.
In September, I got invited on a last minute trip to Vermont by my friends Suzi and Robbie to their friend Russ’ family’s place on Lake St. Catherine. The above is a picture of my feet and the lake… It was such a relaxing weekend, sitting out my the lake and playing Cards Against Humanity.
Just getting away and being with people I love totally recharges my batteries.