Getting Away, Turning Away

 

Getting Away draft 2

A week and a half ago I sat on a small balcony in Hollywood Hills in the shadow of the iconic Hollywood sign that hovers over Los Angeles. Tourists travel up this street hoping for clear shots of the Hollywood sign and perhaps the one in a million sighting of a movie star.

The trip came at a point where I most needed it. The winter has been long and much of what transpires doesn’t make it into my blog – nor should it.

But for 5 days I rested. I rested with palm trees before me and a sun overhead. Long walks, harder hikes, and gastronomic delights filled my days. Getting to know our son and his wife in their own space was our great joy. Los Angeles, a city that can chew you up and spit you out, has given them tremendous opportunities and they are grateful.

We went to the ocean on Saturday, first taking a walk on an open, sandy beach. The air was chilly so we wrapped ourselves in sweatshirts to ward off the cold. Waves, sand, peace – my soul deeply needed all these.

Perhaps the older you get the more grateful you are for these times of peace. You have learned how to cope through the late night phone call that announces a crisis; you have learned how to live through tantrums and fevers; you have learned how to live through job losses and job promotions, times of less and times of more. But in all this it’s critical to also know how to find and appreciate moments of peace, times where you turn away from all that seems important and toward the more lasting, moments where all of life stands still and you breathe. 

A quote I recently read says “In order to understand the world one has to turn away from it on occasion.” Being away helps me understand more of the world that I live in, helps me to relax and identify what is urgent and what isn’t, most of all revives me and reminds me I can do this thing called life.

I am back – the weather is a coast away from what it was in California and life accosts me with the urgent and the important. But turning away was a gift. Standing still in peace and rest restored and revived.

How about you? Where have you been able to turn away in order to better understand your world?

Monday Muffins: Stacy brings us Pesto Feta Muffins today and they look amazing! Head to http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/2014/03/pesto-feta-muffins.html for the recipe.

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4 thoughts on “Getting Away, Turning Away

  1. Reblogged this on RoadNet Travel and commented:
    Yeah. But you also have to look back once in a while. You can not understand the whole meaning of it if you are always focus on the future. We have to always remember that tomorrow will be just another day wasted if we turn our back altogether of what’re left behind. Connect the real world even if its too cruel…it is only then that we learn.

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    1. Thanks so much for reblogging! I don’t think that this is about focusing on the future. I think it’s about learning to truly be present by taking breaks. Connecting with the real world is critical – as you say – and if we don’t we miss out on so much. But having time to rest is also critical. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  2. Thanks for this post. Enjoyed reading about your trip to CA. Appreciated your thoughts about turning away. It’s something we should all do, if we can. Almost like taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly, but not quite – it’s much better to take that break, if able to.

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    1. I like the picture you give of taking that deep breath. I wonder if in the west, our emphasis on productivity defeats some of our creative energy and depletes us. Do we just ignore signs of burnout and keep going? What are your thoughts?

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