I live inside a construction zone.
My windows are coated with dust, and the air smells of exhaust. The view from my balcony looks like feeding time at Jurassic Park.
When the sun goes down, there's street work below. All night long, I hear the revving of truck engines. Jackhammers rattle my bed. It's like trying to sleep through a really bad production of Stomp.
So on the way back, I choose a different path. I head up 3rd Street, cross under the bridge, and step into a neighborhood filled with brick houses, a dog park, and lots of bright colors.
|Mosaic coffee holders too!|
I'm only a few blocks from home, but it feels like a world away!
This isn't a big escape, like France, but it's a small one.
So Mile 5042 gets me thinking. For all those times I can't escape big (which is most of the time!) how do I escape small?
Here they are...
MY TOP 5 SMALL ESCAPES:
mason jar oatmeal. (Living on the edge, I know!) But it's worth a shot. Inject a little "newness" into your day, and see what happens. Comb your hair to the opposite side, toss sunflower seeds in your salad, light a hazelnut candle, put on funny socks... or if it's just one of those days, move yourself from the bed to the couch! Doing something different, no matter how small, can put you in a new place -- which leads to a tiny, but fresh, change in perspective!
|How about Pandora's French Café?|
Sift through old CDs. Explore iTunes. No matter what soundtrack you find, a small escape for your ears can help the rest of your body tackle the big stuff!
|My current read...|
4. Get your hands dirty -- or at least busy! Way back at Mile 89, I discovered an unexpected path to pain relief -- baking Angry Cookies! Since then, keeping my hands busy has been my go-to escape when pain takes over. (No baking necessary!) Find your own balance between mindless and mindful. Pot some plants. Color with crayons. Do a crossword puzzle. Knit a scarf. Play cards, or the piano, or a video game. Text a conversation using only emojis. My friend Ellen taught me that one...
Surprisingly, it works. An escape for your hands is an escape for your mind too!
Days have passed since I started this post, but the view out my window hasn't improved. Grrr. Feeding time goes on and on.
Yet if I look in the other direction and zoom in really close.... Check this out!
|Another small escape!|
What are YOUR best ways to escape??
Share a few in the comments below!
Go ahead. Sweat the small stuff.
I highly recommend it.