Garden Therapy

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Off work in ill health, run down, low in the mind, body a bit abused and a bit disaffected is not a place or a state of mind I'd choose to find myself in and yet it's remarkable how in this age of computers, television and all manner of whizzing technology a simmple afternoon working in the garden makes me feel better than almost anything else.

It's not because I'm keen on gardening, but simply the tangible, physical gratification of having done something physical and made a body that has become accustomed to a slovenly office bound lifestyle do something energetic yet with a result. The rsults of my work weren't highly sophisticated or beautiful, nor is the job as a whole even close to being completed. I just took a small step in a longer continuum of shared effort, and yet I felt disproportionately rewarded for doing it.

There's something about my make up and more likely the human psyche as a whole that is satisfied by simple physical tasks that apparently disengage from the more erudite parts of the brain. It's a good lesson to remember in an era of 24/7 instant gratification and entertainment that coping with the physical things our body was built to do - i.e. not sitting on your arse in an office in front of a computer - are good for the mind too.

Quite where this fits in with enjoying aimlessly travelling and exploring I don't know, but that's one to ponder on. It might certainly explain why I so much prefer holidays with shared dorm rooms and basic facilities and a bit of dirt under the nails, sweat on the brow and a bit of fatigue at the end of the day.
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