"little thing comforts us because a little think afflicts us.”

                                       - Pascal


 While I enjoy an adventure from the everyday as much as most people, I am aware more and more of certain comforts I find in routine.  I notice that small rituals each day bring me comfort and peace at home and at work.

The Day Begins:

I’m partway thru a book by chef Robert Arbor called “Joie de Vivre”. In it he talks about the simple pleasure he would enjoy every day of his childhood in France, of the family breakfast routine. His attitude to this day is “a simple and pleasant breakfast lifts you right into the day’s activities with a gentle boost that’s like a pat on the back as you go out the door.”

His favorite breakfast consists of a crunchy baguette with fresh butter and jam along with a well made cup of coffee.  He speaks heartily of his preference for local product that is fresh and without heavy processing.

Each of us will have our preference for what the meal consists of, but it has been a lovely reminder to me to pause at the start of each day for tea, something tasty, the paper and a view out to the birds playing in the yard.

I am a big fan of NPR.  I love hearing all the stories about people and places and individual struggles and victories.  But this year with all the extra heaviness that’s been in the news, I’ve begun to turn it off for hours at a time and have been getting back in touch with music that I love.  It may sound silly.  I have no idea how I got so far away from listening regularly to music that uplifts me and puts a smile on my face!

My new office routine includes starting the day with music as a backdrop to my private time working before I head out to the days appointments. 

Pausing To Refresh Midday

I find that I have to have some nature of a routine to cause me to pause and reflect mid-day.  In my twenties I used to envy those in the design studio I was working at who would go out mid-afternoon for their cigarette break in the sun!  Now I pause in the afternoon to make myself a fresh pot of tea or to walk down the block to buy an iced-coffee.  And I take Trixie, my dog who comes to the office with me, out to stretch her legs.

Whatever your excuse, make sure to find a reason to remove yourself from the work at hand if only for a few moments.  You’ll return refreshed and able to think more clearly.  No cigarettes necessary!

Evening Comes:

When we arrive back home at the end of the day, it is a time to reconnect with those things that are personal to each of us. 

I enjoy pouring myself a glass of wine into one of my favorite amber wine glasses and taking it out with me to sip while I water my potted succulents and flowers that are growing on the patio.

When there’s enough daylight left, I’ve been bringing whatever book I’m deeply into at the moment out there to enjoy while the sun makes its way thru its final descent of the day.  I believe taking time for books each day or at least once or twice a week gives my mind the opportunity to travel into other stories and places that give me perspective on my own place and story.  And it’s a great excuse to relax while I’m learning something.

As summer is ending I hope you’ll have the opportunity to take some private moments to relax and enjoy the space you call home!  And remember, as Sherlock Holmes observed, “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important!”  Our little everyday rituals can give us comfort and peace, and what good things to take with us when we head back into our full days with others!



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