Get Some Distance


20160628-st-helens-john-and-st-helensOur little granddaughter Kay, like so many children these days, is in love with the Disney movie, “Frozen”. She loves hearing the song, “Let It Go”. The following lyrics in this song caused me to think about how true it is that getting some distance can be a healthy medicine for us:

“It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small and the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all” (lyrics from “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel)

Walking the Camino, Terri and I experienced the value of distance from our everyday life because it was a true breakaway experience. You get a new perspective when you separate yourself away. It is a healthy thing for us to do this, I believe. The distance gives us perspective for some reason. In this long walk I was able to see more clearly my life as a retired Boeing engineer. My 40 years of working at Boeing began to been seen from a distance. My fears of what a retired life was going be like, began to fade as I became more excited about being retired.

I know that for some folks there is a lot of fear and anxiety about what is going to happen next,  now that we have a new President in office. My recommendation for you is to put  “some distance” on it. How do you do that? How about spending some time away from your daily routine and turn off the news. If possible get out into nature and into some winter silence. I think it helps to get up high in the mountains, so you can look back down and see how things look different. Not sure why this all helps but my experience is that it does.

I will end this little blog today with a quote from Frank Borman of the Apollo 8 mission;

“The view of the Earth from the Moon fascinated me — a small disk, 240,000 miles away. It was hard to think that that little thing held so many problems, so many frustrations. Raging nationalistic interests, famines, wars, pestilence don’t show from that distance.”



Photograph of the Week

Eagle Guardians of the Skagit

I posted this image I created from a photograph of three eagles sitting high in a tree near the town of Bow, in the Skagit Valley. I posted it on my Blue Skies Photography Facebook page but wanted to share if with those who did not see it there. It is one of my favorite images I created recently.