Work has been a wild bull ride inside a pinball machine this week. I've been pulled in all directions physically and emotionally and have probably let a few too many unsuspecting friends and husbands hear about it.
Amidst the madness of late, however, I have tried very hard to find moments of quiet calm to settle my nerves and be present. In that tenth hour of being on my feet with no food and no bathroom break, with phones ringing, alarms alarming, and my pea brain racing to keep too many tasks prioritized...I take a deep breath, close my eyes, and assure my doubtful self that I will get through the day alive.
This, I believe, has kept me sane this week. It has kept me from breaking down in tears (as two coworkers in two days have) from feeling utterly overwhelmed.
On my day off I made the (possibly random or possibly subconscious) decision to immerse myself in silence in a place - contrarily - known for noise.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks is one of the most famous concert venues in the country, but a midday, midweek visit is serene.
view from stage left
Denver in the distance
2002 Film on the Rocks
along the surrounding trail
delicate prickly poppy
Thank the sanity gods for days off...