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Finding calmness on a day of anxiety

Updated on September 4, 2011

Sometimes work pressures and stress can be overwhelming. It's hard to separate ourselves from the anxiety resulting from pressures that are not really life-threatening but can still make our hearts pound.

Today I took a break from the stress and spent a few moments outside in the fresh air.

It's amazing how re-balancing that can be.

A peaceful interlude...

I'm sitting in the garden enjoying the atmosphere of late summer.

The breeze is slightly cool as it brushes the side of my face and my bare arms.

Lush grass moistened by a recent shower is dappled with patches glowing bright, where the rays of the sun meander through the mosaic of cherry tree leaves.


Our puppies stroll ankle deep in the urban meadow and chew absent-mindedly at the soft green shoots.

Jasper stretches out a long black rear leg, flexes his toes, then languidly tours the perimeter before settling down in his favourite shady place.


Millie takes a patrol of the undergrowth....

She watches with interest as the paper white butterflies flit by her.....

The only sounds are coming from the rustling of the trees and a distant wind chime.

Occasionally the quiet is broken by the caw of a hidden crow.

An eight legged friend tip-toes past my chair across the concrete patio, retreating once again to the cool dark shadows.

Sudden activity as the dogs jump up and race towards a blue jay as it settles on the fence post. Their efforts are wasted though and the jay hops into the cherry tree, cocking its head in the knowledge that it is safely beyond their reach.

Calm returns..

Peaceful at last...

Anxiety passed...

Perspective restored...


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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Thanks to you all, putting it together was certainly very therapeutic on a day I needed it most.

      All the photographs were taken at the time so are completely relevant.

      Glad you enjoyed :-)

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Wow! This hub is so many things--a photo essay, a poem, a prayer. Awesome!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      A few hours with nature is so relaxing, this sounds just lovely!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Yes, going outdoors can certainly have a calming effect, especially out in the country as it sounds you may be.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Most of these would calm me-but for the eight legged variety I would be frightened-even if small.

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      winphatak 6 years ago from Pune,India

      Thanks for sharing these wonderful insights.