does it help to go away to see your life differently?

@arcadian (932)
United States
April 14, 2007 7:00pm CST
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.(Marcel Proust) Sometimes its good to get away, a vacation for example, and come back able to see things differently. But how do you change you perceptions if you can't leave?
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@franziska (411)
• Italy
24 Apr 07
You can change your perceptions choosing to do it, looking at the things from another perspective. Sometimes we are too much involved in what happens to us so could be useful to come out from ourselves and look at our problems in a different way from a bigger distance.
@arcadian (932)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Yep-that's the goal.
@suzzs02 (631)
• United States
21 Apr 07
if you cant leave, because of kids, or finances, then you need to ask someone to watch then for a few, and go to the park, and swing, or library, and rent a book, if youcant do these things, get some nice smelling bubble bath and take a long hot one. full of bubbles and close your eyes and imagine a acean with a beach adn the sand between your toes, or if you l ike snow, see your self playing in it or , remember your days when you had the most fun take yourself back and soak up the moments, or if all els get lost in a good romance book, hope this helps suzzs
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@arcadian (932)
• United States
29 Apr 07
so many ways to leave the building. Books, baths, dreams, music-it all works!
@peaceful (3286)
• United States
16 Apr 07
This is where the wonderful feat of learning a new language can shine! :) When you can speak and think about your World in a different language, it's sure to change your perceptions of It... This Life Changing resource is always available and can be used from wherever you are! :)
@arcadian (932)
• United States
16 Apr 07
How true that is- each language has its own concepts and the culture each belongs to has its own way of referring to the concepts we all share. But how remarkable to think of language itself being the door to a new way of seeing something. Good point peaceful. Thanks.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Yes, I think it is good to be able to step away and refresh your views. But...sometimes that is not always possible. At that point, I try to look at things from another's point of view. Sometimes when one is in the thick of things, that is a hard thing to do. But that is also why sometimes talking to someone else about it might help also. Another person might be able to point out the others point of view that you had not thought of before....this would make you see things differently. If not...maybe it is time to step away from the problem and find something else to occupy your time. Because when you go back with a break...it could change how you are viewing things. I tell my kids all the time when they get frustrated with their homework. Take a break....go onto something else or go take a shower and then come back to it. Once you clear your head and no longer feel the frustration, you might see it and go,"OH! I got it!" :)
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@arcadian (932)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Marcel Proust would have been proud to know you. I am, that's for sure. I love that quote, and you seem to live by it. thanks.
@cblackink (969)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I think sometimes it helps me if I just do something that I never do but would like to, like making a picnic lunch and going to the park with my best friend for the afternoon. It seems like a real indulgence of my time but it changes my perspective about time and priorities. Little things like that can make a difference.
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@arcadian (932)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Just breaking the routine and finding something pleasant to do with it- I like that. I like that alot.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
15 Apr 07
I think it is good for you to remove yourself from some situations for awhile at least until you you clear your mind and think rationally, yes it is good to get away but not run away...
@arcadian (932)
• United States
15 Apr 07
but not run away- wow that's a good point to make. so often vacations feel like the great escape and who hasn't had for at least a moment the thought of staying in that away place? But getting home again afterwards almost always feels good.