Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Finding Your Oasis

Oasis: something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.

Looking out over the Pacific from Cannon Beach. Sitting in Timberline Lodge at the foot of Mt. Hood. Sitting in a restaurant overlooking the blue water in Key West. Or, maybe more realistically, curled up on a sofa at Starbucks with a big cup of coffee within reach. Oasis.

Morning is my blog time. I sit to write with Matt Lauer in the background. World news and info I need for better living echo as I concentrate on the task at hand. Oddly enough, this works when I blog. This is my writing atmosphere that keeps me on task. Ideas, observations

However, this doesn't work for the other writing I do. I need an oasis. I want to look out at the ocean and be inspired. I want nature singing around me, background music for my words. I dream of a place where I can sit in my bathrobe looking out over a beautiful view surrounded by a breeze and the smell of jasmine. Well, that's not going to happen!

At home the chores call to me. The dog needs to go out. Kids need to be picked up after school. The list of 'to dos' surrounds me. It's stressful to stay home all the time. I did it when I raised my kids. Big mistake. I don't care how old we are, we need to get away from home to refresh ourselves, to have a new perspective. We don't need to have children. We don't need to be writers. We all just need to escape our lives for a time.

Yesterday I visited my friend who resides in a care home. She has MS and will never leave her bed. Yet this woman is happy, inspiring and a lot of fun. Every Tuesday my friend and I go to visit. We laugh, we sing, we even sometimes dance around her room. Each season brings new decorations. We are her oasis. We bring that space away from home to her. An oasis in a dreary room.

"Grammy, I'm taking a break," Gabby informed me yesterday during her homework session.

Yes, even children need an oasis, a space all their own that revitalizes them, relieves tension, gives a fresh outlook.

Gabby and the dog dash across the room laughing. Dog toys are flying around. A few minutes away and homework isn't quite so bad.

Most days, I wander away from home to a local coffee shop. With a hot cup of coffee at my beck and call, I sit with my book in front of me waiting for my edits. The clamor of patrons, whish of the coffee maker, activity buzzing around me allows me to float on my own little island.

Oasis: a pleasant change from what is usual. Everyone should have one, don't you think?

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely. I think of it as an island, an island of calm and quiet.

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