great heights.

20 Jul

there’s something so graceful and surreal about hot air balloons. like they exist in another more whimsical world, in between dream and reality.

on the bus ride home this evening i passed by the louis vuitton store, featuring a window display of hot air ballons gently tugging luggage cases off the ground. my head turned to catch a longer glimpse as the bus continued down michigan avenue.

it had been an inavoidably stressful day. i longed to be floating away from it all.

i got to thinking about how we deal with the obstacles of daily life–our baggage. i tend to carry my baggage straight out of work, onto the 148 bus, and right through the front door of our home. it isn’t sustainable. and while it would be absolutely lovely to escape to a dream world when i start to feel overwhelmed, it isn’t realistic.

rather, what is real, is the way that i choose to carry my baggage, and where i bring it.

so while the charming imagery of hot air ballons lends to fantasizing and escapism, it’s message for me is to keep perspective–to look at my problems from greater heights.

from up there it untangles, becomes less surely complicated, more manageable, and far less impactful in the grander scheme.

9 Responses to “great heights.”

  1. Janet Mulloy July 20, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    thought for sure this was going to end up with a Louis purchase lol! Love ya!

  2. Beth July 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Great post.

  3. kate nizienski July 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    love the blog eileen!

    • leaner by the lake July 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      thanks so much! i’m flattered to hear you’re checking it out :) tomorrow i’m putting up a childhood nostalgia post featuring a marty mulloy gem.

      hi to your family!!!

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