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 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)?