“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.” Doc Zantamata
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris
“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” Will Rogers
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.” Leonardo Da Vinci
We can all agree that relaxation is a necessity. Without it, our lives can stay too mired in the commotion and nonsense of our daily tasks and routines. Like having low blood sugar, if I am frazzled, overloaded and busy for too long, I feel myself become more and more irritated and grumpy and less likely to easily accomplish even the simplest of tasks.
What I need is to relax and get my sanity back.
There are several things I do to find relaxation, such as reading murder mysteries or watching some westerns or old television shows. Other activities include cooking, writing, visiting with friends, drinking some herbal tea or even eating some chocolate. But I really like to go driving when I need a big dose of relaxation. Not in town with long lights and traffic jams, road rage and rush hour, but driving out in Nature whether on a main highway or a back road.
When I travel in Nature, my worries and anxieties slowly evaporate as I embrace and appreciate all the beauty and solitude around me.
Driving on a country road is not simply an activity or even a destination. It is a pathway to solace and peace, to spiritual renewal and rejuvenation, to a renewed energy that will help me tackle life’s daily routines once again. As John Burroughs said, “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” Anytime is a good time for a Nature Road Trip, but the scenery is especially pretty in spring and fall.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” John Lubbock
“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” Jane Austen
CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT
“Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.” Henry David Thoreau
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein
PETRIFIED FOREST & PAINTED DESERT
“Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature. It will nurture your mind, body, and soul.” Anthony Douglas Williams
“Our task must be to free ourselves. . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein
“Nature is cheaper than therapy.” M. P. Zarrella
SEE MOUNTAIN ROAD, NEAR SAN LUIS OBISBO, CALIFORNIA
“The physician heals, Nature makes well.” Aristotle
“We can never have enough of Nature.” Henry David Thoreau
JUNE LAKE LOOP, CALIFORNIA
A special bonus happens when a breeze rustles through the trees.
This post is my entry to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Time to Relax. I am a bit late in getting it posted, but I figured I would post anyway.