The Best Things In Life Are ??
It’s enough to make you wanna holla, throw up both your hands; its enough to make you wanna stab somebody in the eye with a No. 2 pencil.
Suicide attempts have increased dramatically in the last five years…but fortunately most don’t consider suicide a viable option. We opt to forge on…hopeful that things will change. They will change, wont they? Your guess is as good as mine…but we forge on.
So how does one cope amidst all this negativity? Maybe we could start by being thankful for life’s tender mercies: The little things……the appreciation of that smile from someone who believes in you…the pride you feel when a child comes to you for answers(the questions don’t matter… feeling needed does), the satisfaction you get when you and your mate make a plan for next week or next year and that plan comes together…that warm feeling you get when you help somebody without being asked. Might also help to have a good sense of balance…and oh yeah…I know what you thinking right now…(1)where can one find a sense of balance in a world that seems to be going to hell in a handbasket and (2)dammit even the cost of that ride is expensive and money is what most of us don’t have a lot of…. so where???
I thought you’d never ask! I got you!
There was a song recorded a long, long time ago by the Inkspots called : “The Best Things In Life Are Free”…so after you google The Inkspots ( you music buffs will enjoy the history ), I need you to come on back and check out my list of places you can go and get reacquainted with your sense of balance… places that are FREE (most only require the cost of a bus or subway ride so use that metro card you were gonna use if you went to work). I’ve been to all the places listed and generally the best time to go is early morning when there is less foot traffic… for those of you fortunate enough to have a job this means you need to take a “mental health” day; trust me….your boss is not impressed with the number of days you’ve accrued…so come on …be good to yourself (and by extension, your family) take a Tuesday or Wednesday off and go someplace and be quiet.
What follows is just a short list of quiet places…Im sure wherever you are in the world you know of places like these…and I would like to know about them too …please feel free to share.
I leave you with this free advice from a back in the day radio jock: No matter how crazy life gets… DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD…YOU NEED YOUR HEAD…YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT!
BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDENS
http://www.bbg.org/ My favorite spots are the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden and the benches in the area that overlook the Cherry Esplanade. You can feel the stress suddenly finding someplace else to go.
http://www.thehighline.org/ This park is relatively new and the history of its origin is interesting. Get up early, pack your breakfast and enjoy it while you relax and watch boats glide up and down the Hudson River. Peaceful and inspirational.
FORT TYRON PARK
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/forttryonpark/highlights/12337 Talk about life’s tender mercies…Heather Garden, the views of the Hudson River from one of the highest points in Manhattan and the New Jersey Palisades are all spectacular….Im so sure these views fall into the category of what author Zora Neale Hurston describes as “a glance from God”.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperknit/2769379255/ Located on the corners of Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue is the Brooklyn Museum. Take a seat on the steps and immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of the steady thump, thump, thump of the water fountains. Exhale….nice!
STATEN ISLAND FERRY
http://gonyc.about.com/cs/attractions/p/statenislandf.htm Best times are on weekends in the very early morning hours or weekdays between the standard rush hours; gazing over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and seeing the Statue of Liberty and what she is supposed to represent is comforting…hopeful even.
by : miss peaches from brooklyn