Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Relax To Recharge

Everyone is so busy with work, family responsibilities and all the general habits, obligations and blessings of life, that it can be overwhelming. We all need time to recharge. One of the nicest things about this time of year is that with the longer days and warmer weather, there are more opportunities to do that. Vacations are great, but sometimes we have to settle for a day trip or even just an afternoon.

I like the longer days and the warm weather because they favor bike rides and long walks, especially with my camera – as least as far as walking goes. There are many great places to walk and shoot in Virginia, but one of my favorite walking places is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia. 
We decompress to recharge whether for work, for our loved ones, or for writing and other creative activities. I think people run on a deficit of energy trying to eke out every last ounce of it because to stop and rest feels like failure or weakness. What we need to remember – all of us – is to appreciate the art of downtime and even the joys of a lazy day. 
What do you love about this time of year? What are your favorite decompression or relaxation activities? What are you recharging for?
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  1. Replies
    1. Margaret - Thanks about the photos. As to the advice - I need to get better at taking it!

  2. I used to take my daughter to the botanical gardens in Cedar Rapids IA at Noelridge Park--such a lovely place!

    1. I've only to a few botanical gardens other than Lewis Ginter (Hawaii and South Carolina) but they are so lovely and I can just snap away.

  3. Just being able to sit in the backyard in the sun and see all the flowers blooming and the grass green. And having a good book to read.. Heaven..

    1. A good book to read - definitely - inside or out. Curl up on a cozy chair, or in a shady yard. Wonderful. I guess reading is an excellent year-round activity.

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    1. Thank you, Merrillee. My daughter-in-law and I used to go places and take photos. She has far surpassed my little bit of skill. She take amazing photos.