Find what brings you joy and go there.~Jan Phillips
Tina’s right. This week, she is inviting us to take a break. I am sure that every one of us is in need of relaxing, of letting our cares and worries fall away. I also suspect that every one of us has a unique way to ease the pressure in our lives. So, here are a few of my favorite ways to unwind:
Visit New Places
Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.” Dalai Lama
Earlier this year we visited Trinity College in Dublin and got a good look at the Book of Kells. For a book lover like me, the Long Room was a bit of heaven.
To me, flowers are happiness.~Stefano Gabbana
Some of my earliest memories are learning the names of flowers in my mother’s gardens. When I spend time with flowers, I often think of her and her love of nature’s beauty.
Take a Hike
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.~John Muir
I can think of no better way to unwind than taking a long hike in the woods. Last weekend, two dear friends took us on a hike to one of their favorite trails in the Berkshires.
Visit the Beach
At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.~Sandy Gingras
Walking on the beach is like taking a long, deep breath. I took this shot while walking on this beach in Cape Cod with some of our dearest friends.
Read a Book
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.~Anna Quindlen
When I open a book, I am transported to another world. That’s why I stopped to photograph this man who was deeply engrossed in a book in St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin. (I also love that he’s wearing a Spider Man t-shirt.)
As you may have noticed in my descriptions, I often take a break with dear family and friends, whose love, understanding, and kindness envelope me the minute I walk through the front door. Our talks, walks, and meals together are so energizing, restorative, and joyful. I can think of no better way to take a break.
I’ll end this post with a special thanks to Tina for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #57: Taking a Break. This theme comes at just the right time as many of us head off for summer vacations. Amy, Ann-Christine, Tina. and I hope you join the challenge this week. If you do, remember to tag your post Lens-Artists to help us find your post in the Reader.
Next week (August 10th) it will be my turn to host the next challenge #58, so please stop by. In the meantime, I hope you have an inspiring and restorative week!