Tuesday, May 11, 2010
O-a-sis 1. a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or a well.
2. something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult.
Synonyms: asylum, haven, wellspring, shelter, escape, retreat, sanctum
Have you thought about the place you can claim as your oasis? It can be your home, your room, a bubblebath. It can be a garden, the woods, a pasture, the beach, a lake, a hammock, the library, a craft room, a sewing room, a place of worship. You must have one. You must have a place for you and your renewal. Maybe it's when you're sitting in a porch swing, or wrapped in your special someone's arms.
But there are times we are in a place we don't want to be. For whatever reason, we would rather be anywhere than here. These are the times we should sip on our memories and siphon from our imaginations. We can concentrate on the permanent, rather than the temporary. We can season our present with our past.
My cyber friend, Judy, wrote an article she has given me permission to share. It is an example of how she copes with living in a place she doesn't like. For her, "...the roar of traffic... becomes the sound of ocean waves crashing on a sandy shore...Sirens are ...elk and moose and deer rutting and trumpeting in the forest." She has a way of being transported to a calmer place when most of us would only hear car horns or circling helicopters. Please click here to read her article Sweet Recollections of RV Travels .
So maybe, if we can't always be exactly where we want to be, we can close our eyes and take a journey to the place we need to be. Yes. We all need our own oasis. And when we're truly fortunate--when we're especially blessed-- we will have more than only one.