Thursday, July 22, 2010

Decompression + Recalibration

I don’t know about you, but I feel a bit more crazed than usual. Deadlines, projects, and personal activities seem to be on a collision course. My efficiency level is off the meter. It’s the summer, and we are supposed to be slowing down and enjoying our selves more. Maybe it’s being buffeted by the continuing winds of the recession. Possibly it’s all those screeching political ads on TV. Maybe it’s being too connected to all my personal electronic devices and social media. Even my smart phone doesn’t seem so smart lately, and I can’t find an app to help with that yet. As Bob Dylan once sang,” Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones.”

We should know when we need some comfort time. You don’t have to have people talking behind your back. We know when our concentration lapses and we are more frazzled than usual. It’s moments like this when I must spend personal time decompressing and recalibrating! All of us have our recipes for recharging our spirit. Let me share a few things that really help me with the happiness quotient.

Nothing helps my mood more than having a great glass of wine with the lady of my life. She is coach and cheerleader, friend and muse.

I totally relish moments with my grandsons. It is at times with them that I remember my own grandfather and the kindness and love he showed me as a little boy.

I don’t have to travel far to recharge. The Flat Irons in Boulder are only 50 minutes away. I love this area!

Reading is such a great elixir. I am enjoying all of Stieg Larsson’s books this summer!

For total escape a good movie is perfect remedy. Can’t wait for “Eat, Pray, Love” in August! I’ve walked down this market in Bali many times over the years.

Cycling is just what the doctor ordered. Riding in Colorado is fabulous, but there is that “je ne sais quoi” about riding in the French Alps or in small towns of the Ardeche!

The best way to decompress and recalibrate just might be to watch the wonder of a spectacular sunset while you drain the mind and meditate on the now.

I hope your summer is wonderful and may your days be filled with less stress and more joy.

1 comment :

  1. Great article Dick! I agree... I think many of us are working much harder to keep up with this crazy recession. Some how je pense que je sais qu'est que le "je ne sais quois" ... un aperitif avec le faire du bicyle peut etre! Excuse mon Francais... por favor!