“To have time implies that quality of elegance and ease which gives poise to our movements and wisdom to our action. Pushed by rush, most of the time, we are compressed, mean and narrow-minded. Why not open the doors and let air, wind and sun penetrate into our lives.” From the book “Awakening the Spine,” by Vanda Scaravelli.
I’ve been reading this wonderful book. I think the quote supports what I previously mentioned in my last post when I shared that focusing on nature and the outdoors aids in minimizing the natural build-up of stress.
But sometimes it isn’t easy, or even possible, to get outdoors.
My dad was admitted to the hospital last week , experiencing such severe leg and hip pain there was concern that perhaps he’d broken his hip. Fortunately his condition is much less serious, and a torn muscle is responsible for all that pain.
He required extra attention; however, since we discovered he doesn’t tolerate morphine AT ALL! He offered an entirely new interpretation of “Day Tripper.”
My brother’s comment sums up that experience quite well. “Dad, it’s a good thing you stayed away from Woodstock.”
Slowing down and accepting that there was nothing more important than to be available to my parents provided an opportunity to think about how fast we sometimes roll. I always say I’m too rushed; pulled in many directions. A hospital room is no place for impatience. Time slows.
As it turned out; however, we were able to break away from the hospital for a little while and attend a family party. My sister-in-law, Heather, the fun one in the family, is also a HUGE Beatles fan.
She and my brother share a nice collection of Beatles-related books, records, and items collected since childhood. And in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” my nephew’s birthday party doubled as a Beatles celebration.
It was good to spend time together as a family, to laugh and play games, and while reviewing Beatles-related trivia, it was also fun to think back to our younger selves and the first time we saw the Beatles perform on American television.
At the end of the night we were given sweets purchased at a local British import store. I’m saving mine for my next chocolate craving. That shouldn’t be too far into the future.
Laughter and chocolate…two excellent ways to reduce stress, and don’t forget the power of music. The Beatles certainly give you plenty to choose from. I tried to decide which song is my favorite, but I think it’s the total package; the entire collection makes them special.
Do you have any favorites?
I’ll share a piece of trivia, perfectly matched for concluding remarks.
What is the last song recorded by the Beatles?
“The End” is the last song recorded by all four Beatles and included on the Abbey Road album.
Enjoy…and share a memory or two.