The Sunday Sessions: 3.18.18 Edition

Sunday is traditionally a day in which we slow down, take time for reflection, and recharge. Every Sunday, I will share a poem or excerpt that will make us think, wonder, or even laugh as we prepare ourselves for the upcoming week.

 

The Sunday Sessions: 3.18.18 Edition

 

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

by W.B. Yeats

 

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,

And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;

Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,

And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

 

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,

Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,

And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

 

I will arise and go now, for always night and day

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;

While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,

I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

 

Question of the Week

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, I thought I’d share an Irish poem for today’s Sunday Session. I reread “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” this week, and it really spoke to me because it reminded me of the ideas in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (which I’ve never actually read).

If you’re unfamiliar with Walden, it is a book Thoreau wrote after building a cabin in the woods near Walden Pond. It is a reflection on retreating from society, learning self-reliance, and living simply. Every once in a while, my husband brings up his dream of building a cabin in the mountains and living Thoreau style for a while.

It turns out my husband is not the only man inspired by Thoreau’s time in the woods (obviously). Yeats’ father read to him from Walden, and Yeats recalled the book’s ideas of getting away from it all and returning to a simpler life while he was living amongst the hustle and bustle of London. He heard a water fountain in a shop window and it reminded him of the lake lapping at Innisfree. He longed to go back and get away from the city.

The noise, the motion, and the distractions of modern life are really starting to get to me. And I know that these stressors will never go away. Our lives will only get more complicated as our society continues to innovate and change. That cabin in the woods is looking pretty good right now!

How do you take care of yourself in the face of modern stress? Are you ready to go to your cabin in the woods (or beach house or deserted island)?



2 thoughts on “The Sunday Sessions: 3.18.18 Edition”

  • What I own about my being an introvert is the recognition when I need to retreat, regroup, regenerate. I always thought if I had “enough” money, I would want a cabin near the ocean. It has been my go to as the incessant lapping of the waves and an open beach centers me. Buying a cabin doesn’t look like it is in the cards, so I periodically think about moving there – to that beach cabin near Copalis, or on an island in the San Juan’s. I look at it mostly when I am in a discontented state, frustrated with friends or family or simply feeling in a rut. Possibly my personal pity party?

    I have found my answer in planning escapes, and always having one to look forward to on the horizon. A time I KNOW I will be able to out of my day to day life and demands. Sometimes it is to the coast, sometimes it is to a ship sailing the Caribbean. I have come to this after realizing that at least 80% of the time (not too much thought given to that percentage) I truly enjoy my surroundings: the closeness of friends and family, the creative outlets, the beauty.

    Good luck on your journey.

    • Yes, the cabin the woods is always in response to frustrations with the outside world. The last few weeks have been extremely stressful in terms of my job and I found myself wanting to run away to a place that is quiet. I find teaching to sometimes be a sensory overload because kids are so darn loud!

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