March SOLC–Day 12
A huge thank you to Anna, Beth, Betsy, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for all that they do to create a supportive community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and grow.
Last week I read Amy Warntz’s post about “sanity savers”, those little things that keep us going when life seems overwhelming. Amy pointed out that we tend to look to what’s “killing” us, rather than to what’s “saving” us. She emphasized the importance of changing one’s perspective and recognizing the small things that make a big difference in our lives. I loved reading her list of “sanity savers” and I tucked the idea away to use later this month.
Today I woke to continued 2 degree temperatures and the realization when I stepped into the family room that the heating pipes had frozen…again. This is a long story involving a fine balancing act between wood stove use and circulating water in the radiators. Clearly we haven’t gotten it right yet. It was darn chilly in the house and to top it off, I was already grumpy about losing an hour to that bold, pernicious thief, Daylight Savings Time. When you’re already discontent at 5:00 am (ok, fine 6:00 am!), it’s time to make a deliberate mental shift.
That’s when I remembered Amy’s post!
So here is my current list of sanity savers, in no particular order. (Among other things, Amy and I have Flair pens in common!):
- early morning time on my own
- watching the birds at my feeders
- messaging with my kids
- fresh baked bialys or everything bagels
- listening to Kurt play guitar
- reading–not just a sanity saver, a life saver!
- heated car seats–sheer bliss on 2 degree days!
- unexpected notes from students
- my slippers and thick warm socks (especially today!)
- chatting with my sisters
- making big vats of steamy, delicious soup
- reading blogs
- a venti Starbucks nonfat half-caff latte with two pumps of peppermint
- sharing stories and laughs with my friends and colleagues
- Pens, especially multi-colored Flair pens–I just got a mega pack on sale at Staples for $5!!! (Ok, full disclosure, I went back and picked up 3 more packs. Who can resist at that price?)
- getting outside, walking and taking pictures
- my warm, cozy, ever-welcoming feather bed
- time to write and reflect
- watching the puppies on the live cam at Warrior Canine Connection (a new addiction)
- comments on my blog posts
As I reread this hastily constructed list, I realized that I tend to think of so many of these as distractions from what I’m supposed to be doing. Whoa! When did I start thinking that way? Clearly, I need to reset my perspective in more ways than one. I’ll be giving that some more thought, but for now, mood reset, I’m ready to dive into this day. Thanks, Amy!
What are your sanity savers?