I've been thinking about the idea of what helps a lot lately. Maybe it's because it's what I can actually do something about, versus the stuff I just have to deal with. Or maybe it's because it just makes me feel better and that's always good. I don't know why but for whatever reason, it's where my thoughts have been going lately.
I think that's why I was so drawn to this great visual list of things that give inner peace from an article in one of my favorite mags, new york magazine. The graphic illustrates the results of a survey they did about how new yorkers find inner peace. What I love is the idea of listing all the things that help anything, like finding inner peace or living with diabetes or work or getting older. Whatever. I like the exercise of making the list and I especially like the effort of making it well designed and pretty. Which means it's inspiring and appealing, which is exactly what it should be. I love the graphic illustrations they used to visualize their list plus I really like a lot of the list itself. Yes, I've been known to listen to loud music or have an occasional slice of pizza and I definitely like law and order for a little relaxation. But I'm not talking about inner peace here. Well I guess I'm not just talking about inner peace, because when I think about it, inner peace does factor in as one of the things that can really help. But so does walking the dogs. Or gardening. Or noticing the indescribable blue sky.
I'm talking about is making the what helps list a visual thing. A series of images. Or symbols. Or photos. I'm not sure how it should come together yet, but I like the assignment. It could be very fun. And after all, having fun is something that really helps too.