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Most of us have permanent homes but there are times when we all need shelter aside from our homes. A storm can come upon us suddenly or when it is very bright and hot we may need to get out of the sun for a while. Unless we’re travelling in unpopulated area we can generally find some kind of shelter from the elements. But there can be times when we need shelter from our own selves, when we are blinded to the consequences of we’re doing or when we’ve stumbled unthinkingly into a trying or ridiculous situation. We may not need protection, but only to take cover from the strengths of our convictions and stop to chart our path once again or redirect our energy. Although at times this may mean using some kind of physical shelter, generally the shelter we need to regroup consists of others who can help by being sounding boards or by giving us rest by just being there and listening to us spout nothing very consequential. Shelter from our thoughts and actions may involve sleep or heavy exercise or meditation or burying oneself in a book. This kind of shelter is every bit as important as a roof over your head since we cannot go on and on and on without time to allow a change in direction or affirmation of the directions we are already taking. It is imperative that each of us feel that it is fine to take shelter when it is needed, or even when it is merely desirable, so that we can face life more easily and comfotably and make rational decisions. Isn’t taking shelter a rational way of dealing with stress?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

4 thoughts on “Shelter

  1. A perfectly rational way of stress relief! Good thoughts you’ve shared. Finding a balance between being out in the open and resting under cover is challenging.

  2. I think so too, most of the time I that !

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