Ruth Zavitsanos


As I write this my daughter’s hamster, Carly, is running rapidly on her wheel. She’s running, but going no where. I tend to get that feeling this time of year. The holiday rush and chaos is over for at least another 350 days. But, the need to run at a rapid pace is all too consuming as I attempt to get back on “track”.
Why can’t my life be taken out of nicely organized boxes and put back up just as the Christmas decorations are put away? Wouldn’t it be nice to just be able to be at peace and not skip a beat in getting back to work, school, or running a home? But, the days of relatives, big meals, baking cookies, and catching up with loved ones take up more time than ever imagined. The laundry builds up, along with the bills and added weight. We make resolutions knowing they will be broken and then we get frustrated, drained and easily annoyed.
Like Carly, we have to get out of our place of existence. She’s currently in her ball rolling around the family room. Carly’s not running at a crazed pace like she was on her wheel, she’s stopping here and there enjoying the different smells, sounds and what little sights she can gather. Maybe, that’s what needs to be done? Get out of our own place of existence and experience something different and new. Rather than feeling like we are running in place accomplishing little and being extremely fatigued in the end, why not add a new dimension to our day. 

Try a walk in the cold winter air and take in new sights and sounds that are usually drowned out during other seasons because of birds and trees. Or, try stepping out for lunch. Both are a source of revitalization. Sometimes just mixing things up can make our day less trying. If food store shopping is done on Monday, do some on Monday and take a break at a book store to peruse the latest releases. On Thursday go back to the food store with the notion that the weekend is around the bend and that often calls for a night out or pizza in. This will make the chore a little less draining.
Adding dimension and versatility to our lives will release stress and take away the feeling of being caged. Just because we’ve chosen a certain path in life d0esn’t mean we can’t experience the terrain to the fullest. That’s what Carly is doing. And I’d venture to say she won’t be on the wheel in the frantic mo de for a while.


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