Poor Hazel, she was encrusted with desert, bugs, and exhaust. But no more! This morning I took her in for a spa day at the local Honda dealer. New oil, fluids, fresh filters, and a rejuvenating wash. After 3,000 miles, she looks ready to hit Texas and points east (that's tomorrow's destination). I also added a new set of highway pegs so I can have a second position for my legs and hopefully reduce my knee pain.
Today is rejuvenating for me too. I am working on some writing and then taking a few pictures. Bill and I have bought a condo here in Albuquerque (closes end of July) close to the university. And I will get to check it out again and take a few pictures. It's a loft style condo in an older building that has been redone with modern utilities and implements, but with original charm. We will be renting the condo out for short-term leases to folks like writers on retreat and visiting professors and spending several months in the unit ourselves.
I wrote a while ago that it is important to recognize the places and work and people that makes you smile inside and move toward them. This ABQ condo is my way of spending more time in New Mexico, a place that makes me smile.
So, in line with a spa day, here are a few rejuvenating ideas:
- Take time today to breathe - just sit and take the world in.
- Appreciate the good things in your life - there are many!
- Let go of little sources of stress - traffic, meetings, emails - they add up if you let them but can also be neutralized by letting them go.
- Spend a few moments at your favorite coffee shop and relish the decadence of your favorite concoction - my current favorite is the soy mocha.
Bad days, tough days, and long days happen, but mini "spa" experiences neutralize them and enable you to get back into focused action.