Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties. The fantastic and unexpected, the ever-changing and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself.
~ Berenice Abbott
M and I went out for a bike ride to Raccoon Point this morning. It was what so far has been a typical summer morning here on the Eastern Shore. Hot. Humid. The usual.
The ride to Raccoon Point is nice. We pass a few really nice houses (more like estates with tree-lined driveways), fields of corn or soybeans (now that the wheat has been harvested), woods, and marshes. Eventually we end up at the point where the Manokin River flows out to the Chesapeake Bay.
You may already be familiar with the ride and the park since I’ve taken you out there a couple of times. It’s one of my favorite rides. Not too long. Not too short. And you end up at a beach with great scenery.
While you have a look at the scenery, I thought I’d tell you a little about why I’m having trouble getting back into the swing of blogging.
It’s mostly a matter of balance and energy.
You see, I’ve been busy making some big lifestyle changes for health reasons. Don’t worry. I haven’t been sick. I’m trying to avoid illness. Once your warranty expires (you start to age), things begin to decline or fall apart, and it seemed a good idea to take some preventative measures.
You know what they say about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure. I took it to heart.
Being so focusd on the lifestyle changes makes it difficult for me to concentrate or write about anything else. I decided it was better to write in my journal than to come here and natter on about exercise, diet, yoga, and meditation.
The focus (obsession) and the changes have left me, at times, feeling a bit like the guy in the next image.
It takes a lot of energy to make big changes in one’s life. Sometimes I feel worn out by it all. But other times, I feel terrific and glad that I decided to start taking care of my health. I’m renovating myself along with the house and property here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.
One part of the plan involves movement. Lots of movement. That means I spend less time sitting here at the computer. There are studies out there showing that too much sitting is bad for your health so I make it a point to get up about every 15-20 minutes and walk, dance, jog, run the cats around the house (they need to lose weight, too), hula hoop, or whatever joyful movement comes to mind.
The journaling I’ve been doing seems to satisfy my need to write, and be creative. I started an art journal type of thing for this particular journey. I’ve been collaging and drawing and writing. My drawing isn’t great, but that’s okay. I enjoy it. As a result, I’ve been taking fewer photos. Would you believe entire days go by without me picking up the camera?? It’s true.
So there you have it. Someday this new normal will feel like a regular, old normal, and won’t zap my energy and take up most of my focus. I’m looking forward to it.
Thank you so much for stopping by. And thank you for all of your recent comments, likes, and visits. If I haven’t been by your place lately, I will be soon. I’ve been taking a little time each day to make the rounds because, really, I’ve missed you all.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂