A toddler’s giggle
A tight hug
Camera in hand
A chat with a friend
I think I thought with less emails, DMs, assignments to mark, conversations to moderate, calm would just appear. Like a surprise visit from a beloved far away family member or friend, it would knock on the door and after a big hug stay awhile bringing all the loving goodness with them.
I was wrong. Instead of calm I found an endless list of worries:
Restlessness settled in and I filled it with busyness. Typical me. I hate the quiet, the pause, the solitude and yet…
But by the water’s edge I can
sit wander for hours. For a moment the brain slows down. I EXHALE.
At 40, I thought I would have learned this lesson already but sometimes you need a 2 hour flight and 4 weeks with changing cell/wifi access as a reminder. Seek out the calm not to eliminate the BIG FEELINGS but to avoid them taking over. To find a moment to reset.
I wonder how others are finding their clam? Is it swinging on the monkey bars, painting, building, dancing in the neighbourhood, gardening, singing at the top of their lungs, playing a game?
Am I giving my learners (big and small) space to find their calm? Am I letting go of my bias and misconception that calm must be solitary quiet and still?
P.S. This post is part of a 5 posts in 5 days series. I am so far behind but trying to stick with it. Hoping to write quick thoughts at the beach before I head back to the busy city.#5posts5days
P.P.S. If the water’s edge is where you find calm as well, going to be printing some postcards with a twist when I return. Drop me a comment and I’ll send one your way.