I remember many years ago when I was taking a substance abuse class as part of my social work training, and I needed to give up something I enjoyed for several weeks – to first-handedly experience the sensations of withdrawal and craving. At that point in time, I gave up cheese and by the end of the six-week exercise had a great appreciation for those who have substance abuse issues! If I were to do this today, I would have to give up buying used books on Amazon – many times paying $0.01 for a book then $3.99 for shipping. For $4, I can find a book that I’ve been wanting without having to immerse myself in the hit-or-miss chaos of a used book store.
For the last year, I’ve been walking around with a list of SARK books that I’ve wanted own – to have a full ensemble of her light-heartedness, colorfulness, creativity, and childlike way of seeing the world. My plan was to randomly find the last five books by digging through my favorite used book store over time. Then I hit a “what the heck” moment in mid-January when I realized I could be to done with my SARK collection, by ordering online, and allowing my mailman to deliver these to my door. Yes, yes, a quick fix! Yes, yes, perhaps even an overdose for the foreseeable future! Yet, I’m pretty sure that no-one has ever gotten too-much SARK – how could you possibly overdo creativity? I steep myself in my piles of SARK whenever I need to remind myself to lighten-up and embrace simplicity; whenever I need to have a “SARK moment.”
Leslie Gernon is an outdoor guide (i.e., shinrin-yoku walks, wellness walks, and labyrinth events), counselor