Posts Tagged ‘danger’

Relax!

January 29, 2016

Easier said than done.  However in order to enjoy my day I am going to now allow myself 15 minutes to breathe mindfully, to stretch easily, and to pray to keep my mind in a positive mode.

The reason I am feeling in need of a brief “regenerative relaxation” is because I just spent a bit more time than I planned on my stressmanagementmagic.com blog. My subject was about the homeless and the plight of us all, therein.

It may have sounded negative, but I believe I ended the post with ideas to help however many individuals choose to follow.  I follow my own advice.  I also allow myself to regenerate and relax after writing something that made my blood boil for a moment or two.

CREATE a beautiful day for yourself.  I will be in the process of doing the same as soon as this post is posted!  God help and bless us all.

FYI: if you read that blog, remember I have helped people, and will continue to do so when I can and feel the situation is real.

Women, take a weapon. Doesn’t have to be a gun.

June 22, 2010

The good people need to be protected too! Smart to carry some sort of weapon – pepper spray, stun gun, big stick, heavy set of keys, pocket knife – whatever!

The kind of world we live in now warrants this preparedness. It’s very sad to me.
My friend and I went kayaking. Off to the lake, picnic in our
hands, paddles, and our life jackets.

We know “all the spots” as we’ve been paddling the local lakes and rivers for over ten years now.

After paddling to a great peninsula, we pulled our kayaks up and set up towels on the shore to eat a bite of lunch. The sun was hot and two brown ducks came to share the time with us. It was relaxing and fun.

My friend stepped into the water to cool down and I had just put my feet in when I heard a car driving up the dirt road adjacent to the peninsula.

We’ve been there before when other people drove to the space to park located behind the bushes and about thirty or forty feet away. No big deal.
We’d like to think we own the lake, but we don’t – we share it with campers and summer residents.

The car engine stopped. I had seen two men when they drove up. Dead silence. Not a word. Not a sound. It was as if they were still sitting in their car, or had quietly gotten out of their car.

My gut level feeling was this was a dangerous situation building. I looked towards the bushes and I saw two men standing there looking over at us. In my heart of hearts I knew it was time to leave-and fast. Neither said a word.
They just stared – and not with smiles as you’d expect someone to have in a recreation area.

I scurried to get the towels and gathered everything in my arms quickly. When I got back to the water I told Jennifer, “It’s time to leave.” She never said a word but took her things from me and we both moved the boats to the water and quietly got in.

As soon as we put our paddles in the water one of the guys, dressed in a T-shirt and slack shorts, came over and said, “We didn’t mean to run you off now.”

As we paddled backwards I saw the other guy still standing in the bushes looking. I hadn’t seen the third guy at all, but Jennifer had. He was peeking out from another place in the bushes.

We paddled backward and the second guy walked over slowly. He looked like (and I hate to judge from outward appearances) one of the sex offenders I’d seen on the police list and photos of offenders. Still he hadn’t said a word. He had a sullen look on his face. Just walked over and looked at us as we made our way out of the cove.

As we left we noted that still there was no conversation that was audible. They stood watching. Not one word. In all the time we’ve been kayaking on this lake, this was the first we ever saw any group of two or more people that was totally silent and serious like this.

I am not easily intimidated. Not at all. But I swear these guys were up to no good. I could feel it in my guts, and actually, my friend had felt it too.

This was the first time I’d been out on the lake or in the woods without some sort of weapon. Basically it is a good idea as there are wild animals and having been beat up more than once in my life – I know some very bad people really exist and are on the loose.

I am one hundred percent positive that no matter how strong and clever my friend and I are three men are stronger….and these guys were up to no good. It was just very obvious they were scoping us out for some reason – and it wasn’t our camp spot or to be good neighbors.

We’ve met lots of decent men and women on the lake and rivers. Never had this feeling before.

What a shame that you have to be “on guard” even in places that should be
free from fearing attack from another human being.

I remember the nurse who was grabbed and murdered over ten years ago on the river-walking trail. Someone grabbed her to the side after only a quarter mile. She was murdered at dusk, less than one hundred yards from the main trail. Her murderer was never caught.

It was a good reminder to be prepared, and to remember this world is accelerating towards more violence every day. You can still enjoy yourself, but when you get a “gut level” feeling…for your own safety, listen to it and act upon it. It is a gift.