In my teens, I was an enthusiastic canoeist for two weeks each summer at Lake of the Woods, near Kenora (a small city in Northern Ontario). Surrounded by wilderness, I could be counted on to:
Since then, I have easily gone into a panic when swarmed by bugs. Especially salt-water mosquitos - the worst of a bad lot. I have done my best to avoid wooded areas, be out at dusk, or to sit outside without a fire burning.
This weekend black flies were out in huge numbers in the countryside. I was desperate to go for a hike and enjoy a fabulous June day. And sitting on a ledge near the doorway I saw a can of OFF! It promised 8-hour protection to prevent mosquitoes, black flies, ticks, chiggers, biting midges and deer flies from eating you alive.
Over more than a thirty year period, mainly because of health concerns, I had never considered using OFF.
I took the can outside, sprayed myself liberally and went for a spectacular long hike. I enjoyed each minute. There was no stress from mosquitoes or black flies hounding me. I was a free spirit in the country. It felt like Lake of the Woods!
This on-the-spot decision made me reflect on how we go about making choices and meeting our needs.
And here's the nub: A simple solution - OFF - freed me to think about far more important things than the cloud of mindless bugs hovering above my head.
Wishing you a bug-free summer,
Working with me is a great way to discover new things about yourself and uncover what you really want in life. Coaching helps you to discover possibilities you may not have known, then set goals and create plans, and work through any roadblocks along the way.
Disclaimer: I do not promote the regular use of DEET based repellents and if it works for you, use other less toxic insect repellents available.
17/6/2014 01:13:02 pm
OFF and Raid are always in my plein air painting bag! When you sit in one spot for hours, ants tend to find you in a heartbeat. I spray the ground around me, creating a little earth bubble just for me! Sometimes, that's real important in my life! Thx for the humor and the reality checks, Minda!
18/6/2014 05:58:47 am
Knowing what's important to you and making choices is what it's all about! Keep painting
17/6/2014 01:36:55 pm
I too used to avoid those sprays like the plague. I don't know if it's that I'm getting older...I just hope I'm getting a bit more flexible, less dogmatic. (And I never realized there were salt as opposed to freshwater mosquitoes!!) Keep enjoying the outdoors. :)
18/6/2014 06:01:20 am
PEI mosquitoes (salt water - by the ocean) are killers! I think getting older and more flexible is one aspect but the other has to do with making choices about how one is going to spend the day, especially if you have a place in the country - Get eaten alive, stay indoors or enjoy the outdoors!
17/6/2014 04:40:42 pm
Minda - great parallel to the idea that perhaps asking for a wee bit of help, sometimes in the form of commercial products (or friends, family, technology or whatever) is actually the best way to open ourselves up to great new adventures, opportunities and creative moments.
18/6/2014 06:02:14 am
Great way of reframing this issue!
18/6/2014 05:51:15 am
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18/6/2014 06:07:24 am
I don't know how you did this! But good for you.
18/6/2014 11:42:51 pm
I spent the weekend in the Laurentians and Sunday canoeing at Tremblant. I decided I didn't care if I got bitten. I put on a token spray of citronella, but really wasn't concerned even as the black-flies began to munch on me for their lunch. However, two days later, as my body is still covered with swollen itchy bites (counted about 50 of them), I am regretting my cavalier attitude.
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