I’ve found myself under an unusual amount of stress lately. This that and the other thing all pile on top of me and suddenly my chest starts to feel a little tighter. My mind starts to reel as I over think things. My patience wains and my temper starts to flare.

It’s not one big thing, but a thousand tiny things.

I stop and try to breath. To remind myself that this is life and each day comes with a new set of problems and perks. Sometimes a simple reminder isn’t enough though. A deep breath doesn’t do the trick so I have to take matters into my own hands. Literally.

I sit at the table with markers, pencils or crayons. I open a coloring book, pull out a page and then I color. 1 page, 2, 3, 4. I keep coloring until my pulse slows, my breathing is normal and my patience is restored.

It’s a good thing my daughter knows how to share.


If you’re in SE Portland this afternoon (8/20/08), head over to the Moreland Farmers Market to see The Doc Normal John Borroz Trio with special guest Rob Shoemaker (of the Norman Sylvester band) on bass. They’ll be playing from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

The Market is located at SE Bybee/14th with free parking across the street at SE 14th/Glenwood.

6 thoughts on “colors…

  1. Lisa Milton says:

    Sounds like a great strategy to me.(If I weren’t so flu-ridden – and thus, germy – I’d love to hit up the Farmer’s Market today. Hope it’s a good show.)

  2. NanaKaos says:

    Wish I could be there, but I’m not getting back on that damn airplane for a good long time.I know the boys will do splendidly.

  3. Jo Beaufoix says:

    Colouring is god for the soul babe. I get what you mean about the little stresses, we seem to have one thing after another lately. Wish I could be there to see Dr Normal and the band. Hope you get to go and just chill hon. x

  4. julesofdenial says:

    I did a little coloring last weekend. It was surprisingly fun. But my daughter isn’t all that good at sharing right now. Especially when it comes to her Little Mermaid crayons.

  5. holly says:

    i WAS in portland earlier! no one said there would be music later…dang. okay, i can’t lie, i wasn’t in portland. like i’d go to portland and not see you.

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