Snatched phrases (on being present)
Do the anxiety. Then leave it there. This is our challenge.
from ‘First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story about Anxiety‘
by Sarah Wilson
Simple words, huh? They apply to all manner of ills, I think — not just anxiety. They are about staying in the present: doing the hard stuff when it comes up, not questioning it or agonising over it … and then leaving it behind and moving on.
There are no solutions to anxiety out there, Wilson argues further on: no cures or fixes. So you just do it …
… and then you leave it.
This makes great sense to me.
Today’s photos? They’re from one of my latest bushwalks, a couple of weeks ago: mid-March. It was a still, grey afternoon, and when I first began to walk, the colours seemed drab, and the birdsong was muted, and the air felt unkind and cold.
But as I wandered on, I began to see a few flowers despite the greyness, and I came upon a kangaroo, which stiffened at my bumbling approach and then bounded away. I heard the sea murmur somewhere through and beyond the thicket of trees, and a magpie began to carol, low and soft.
I had done my day, and I had left it there, and things were fine. Just fine.