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Photographs; & questions you wouldn't think to ask yourself…



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Sometimes we just want to get away; away from our work, away from our play, and mostly away from people, even those closest to us. The proximity of everything and anything seems to be demanding our attention and our care. And sometimes we do get away – physically, emotionally, or mentally we retreat from the stifling, suffocating feeling of being surrounded by responsibilities and cares. It is valuable to remember, though, that these situations and the people involved with them are not specifically out to ‘get’ us; they want our help and support because we have been helpful and supportive in the past, possibly many times. We may be perceived as having invited their questions, emotional demands, and quest for knowledge, and we may have done so knowingly or unknowingly. We should step back and yes, maybe take a break, evaluate our part in being surrounded and possibly change our outlook on the situation, maybe embrace the situation and cope with it from a different side. For the most part people aren’t deliberately putting us in an untenable position, they are following the cues given them. So it is imperative for us to learn to, and set, boundaries that are effective and comfortable for us. This is not to say we are neglecting anyone or anything, it means that by setting boundaries we can be more effective in problem solving for us and for others. When the feeling of being surrounded overtakes us, shouldn’t we fall back and remember our setting of boundaries?


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.

7 thoughts on “Surrounded

  1. excellent post, most of the time we get involved in the lives of our family members, caring for them and doing everything for them, because we love them, but in the process we forgot that we are individuals, person too, and in some point we experience the feeling to escape, because we need to find ourselves again.

  2. Very good post my friend. I firmly believe in this myself. When life gets me down (it does happen even with animals), I go to my room and breathe. I turn on my music and just focus on nothing for a while. It works. XOXO – Bacon

  3. For me its not ‘sometimes’….its like ALL THE TIME….I bloody wish i could just escape from everything for a few years and disappear for a long rest

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