Today is crazy-hot-and-noisy in the city. Everything is bleached to white by the sun and even the trees seem to droop below its rabid rays. The noise of the traffic is intensified as it is brought through my window on the hot and annoying wind.
And so I escape .... Run away to my little fantasy land. I close the window and the door to the noise. I lie on the floor (it is the coolest place I can find right now), close my eyes and breathe in a deep lungful of air and let is slowly blow out through my lips. Now, my mind takes over.
I am lying in a hammock, hitched between two enormous, old and gnarled trees. The dappled sun plays over my eyelids, but it is no competition for the coolness of the shade beneath the leaf laden boughs of these beautiful, green trees. I don't know what kind of trees they are. Does it really matter? This is my fantasy so they are, simply, fantastical trees.
In my lap is my book. The spine is still sturdy, but the pages are well leafed, as if the book has been read time and again. Hum... sounds like me. My spine and my will are still strong even though I have been through so many changes; each day a page turning in the book of my life.
Peace descends. I can hear the soft rustle of the leaves as the trees sway slightly in the cool breeze. It feels like Autumn in the air - my favourite time of year - not too hot, not too cold. All is quiet and I feel my nerves settle, ease. All my troubles disappear. If only for a few moments, there are no worries about hearth, home, money, work, survival .... This is all. This is the moment, just the blink of an eye, where my imagination allows my heart, mind and soul to replenish, to block the bad and remember the beauty of each day. And boy, do I treasure the moment and hold it close.
Today, take five minutes (yes, that is all it takes) to "disappear" from the world as you know it and walk your imagination into the world that you want. It's so easy and so remarkably refreshing. Taking five minutes for you and you alone is allowed - in fact I highly recommend it.
Right, therapy session over. Onward and upward.