last friday i mentioned that i was taking the weekend to nurture myself and get some perspective. on saturday morning i woke early, went to an 8:30 am pilates class, and then headed to the spa for four hours. i indulged in one swedish / deep tissue combination massage and then hung around to use the spa's facilities - jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, lounge, AND siesta room. did you read that? a siesta room! i had mentioned to laura in the comments last friday that i wished spas had siesta rooms...a room where the lights are dim, soft trickling water is played through a sound machine, you can grab a blanket, and you can take a nap. the spa had such a room. so, it's true what they say: be careful what you wish for. (i wonder if those women are still sleeping in there? i couldn't fall asleep because the seats didn't fully recline, but that's a different story.)
later that day, the kids had "night school" (our son's preschool offers parents' night out once a month and as our good friends like to call it ;) and we had a really great dinner with said friends. as an added benefit, for most of friday and all day saturday, i stayed off line and unplugged.
needless to say, the whole experience was invigorating, much over due, and left me with a more positive outlook. on my drive home from the spa, i think i hit every green light. coincidence or choosing to see the positive? maybe a little of both. through experience, i truly believe skewing your perspective in a more positive direction, even ever so slightly, can make your world take on new meaning. (though, i also realize this is no easy task sometimes.)
which brings me to this painting that we saw while at LACMA a couple of weeks ago. when you look at the rorschach painting by andy warhol above, what do you see? do you see an angry face, a beautiful butterfly or a...? do you think your state of mind affects what you see?
and, just like that, we are headed into a new weekend. happy weekend everyone! cheers to new perspectives. oh, on monday, i've got mini-view numner two for you! make sure to check it.
ps~some things that i was loving this week (read what you can and if you like):
- a courageous, heartful journey through a bout of depression from a cup of jo
- now you can go to alt summit via online courses (thanks, chi!)
- speaking of a change of perspective making all the difference, i thought this poem was really beautiful via aubrey road