Daily prompt (from a few days ago): Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”? Photographers, artists, poets: show us LOST.
Today’s been a tough day. TGIF never felt as crappy as ever. I just wish I had that reset button to hit and all the bad stuff would just go away and never happen.
Looking through the past week of daily prompts, they’ve all been bookmarked because they are all great topics. However, nothing seemed as fitting as talking about THE ZONE. Its what gets me through these types of days, to look forward to something that I can wipe away all my worries and especially wipe the slate clean when even my salary and job stability isn’t enough to make me want to stay at my current position. We all know thinking about the consequences of not having a job and all the problems that occur aren’t particularly a motivator either, just more stress and more pressure.
Back on track!
For me, that zone is baking. Once I open that recipe book, my mind starts flying to my candyland, my sweet kingdom (queen-dom?).
I start looking through the ingredients and taking it out of the cupboards and shelves around the kitchen. I start preheating the oven and oiling the pans and trays needed. I reach into my little shelf under the counter where I keep my electric mixer. Then I set out my measuring cups and pull out my spatula. On very rare occasions, I’ll have to climb onto a chair and look on a very high shelf and get my rolling pin.
That may sound like a lot of work for others but for me, the moment that recipe appears in front of me, my stress vanishes. I no longer have a frown, my eyebrows aren’t scrunched together making me get wrinkles and age faster, but all this is slowly replaced by a smile. A calm and relaxed person starts alertly doing what has to be done efficiently and happily.
I can be impatient with anything and grumpy for anyone or anything wasting my time but I’d sit and wait happily while reading a book or watching the tv while checking the clock as these cinnamon rolls (for example) rise for 30 minutes and then willingly wait another 25 minutes for it to bake in the oven. Go over to the oven and turn on the lights to see inside and see how its baking and then slowly my smile gets bigger as I smell the deliciousness surrounding me and joyfully anticipating how it would taste.
Thats what being in my zone is. Baking makes me forget all my problems and stress and I just chill out and relax. 🙂
I used my last baking as an example. If you are interested in how to make these delicious Cinnamon Rolls, click right HERE!
Even the thought of it makes me happy! Now, baking session tonight and I already have a recommendation from a fellow blogger 🙂
Click HERE to see other responses how others get lost in simple activities 🙂