Day 7 of Thea and Viv’s Big Adventure. Hope you’re having as much fun as we are. Thank you to The Book Pushers for having us over.
Viv here first—for today’s adventure we’ve hit a patch of smooth, calm ocean. I was thinking about what calms me down, what things make me happy, and it’s amazing how often those things involve water. Paddling for hours down rivers and over lakes. The sound of a creek or a river. Ocean waves against a shore. Long hot baths on a cold night.
It’s also interesting how often calm is just a temporary thing, or more likely, a calm of my own making. Like this bay we visited in Newfoundland, Canada, the harbour is mirror-like and smooth, while the ocean continues to roar just outside the safety of the boundary-line.
I think that’s one of the reasons I love reading and writing. We all have situations in our lives that continue to roar, no matter what we do. Reading is an awesome way to escape for a while—to create our own quiet harbour where we can relax and recharge.
Thea? What’s your calm ocean story?
Hi folks! Thea here.
I, too, find the ocean (or large bodies of water) gorgeous and soothing. Writing and reading can also give me this kind of feeling.
What I most often like to do is to sit and stare into space in the mornings while I have my first cup of coffee. It’s important for me to have all the lights off, and to simply exist in shadowed silence. This is quite meditative and restorative for me—I find that if I can’t get this kind of quiet time in, for whatever reason, I feel slightly off and disgruntled for the rest of the day.
This is also the time when a lot of things come together for me, such as patterns in whatever book I’m currently writing, or maybe solutions to a problem. I take this time to sort of “program” myself for good things. Sometimes I tell myself affirmations. Those can be as simple as this day is going to be a good day. Sometimes this is the only time I can actually pay attention to what my intuition might be trying to say to me.
I’m sharing with you one of my all-time favorite photos of one of my favorite trips to the beach. This is a candid of me and my daughter in 2003. The picture was taken by one of my daughter’s friends who had come with us. We were so happy that day.
Tomorrow we switch gears and head into a storm! Stop by Feeling Fictional to continue the tour.
Thea & Viv
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Question for today: Do you have a ‘comfort’ read? Something you really enjoy when you want to escape?