Sunday, October 29, 2006

Stress...

Stress is an interesting concept. It’s a second gear that comes in handy when you want to have many things done. It’s an amazing resource in our Western culture but it also comes with a price. When you abuse it, which we so often do, the body finally puts its foot down and suddenly says: “Hey, no more!” And that’s when you realize that it’s time for a two week long vacation where your brain just gets to rest…

That said; stress is an even more interesting concept when you find yourself in Niger. Mentally, somewhere in the back of your head, you are aware of the million things that need to be done, sooner or later. You find yourself making a mental list at least twice a day. The interesting thing however is what happens in between. You simply forget about it… In Niger, everything takes its time and this does not only concern the Nigeriens. It feels wrong to hurry through something which is working well. It feels wrong not to take your time with people you meet on the street. It feels wrong to rush even though you know it’s the only way you’re going to get all those million things done. And so even if you worry (over all the things you need to do), and your really find yourself frustrated (over the slow pace) at times, it is in fact impossible to stress in its true Western meaning.

Relaxing in the pool...

Renate, Tabita and Arwen in the garden...

Playing with Alsan and Kinza...

Though relaxing in the sunshine, this species is not one of Anette's favourites!

Ishtar

4 comments:

Blyfinn said...

I was wondering if there was a quick and easy way to post the labels like you do at the bottom of your posts or if you have to code them in every time.

Karin Andersson said...

Hej Esther!
Har precis läst igenom dina senaste bloggar, verkar kul att laga mat i solugn - spännande! Om jag kommer och hälsar på dig någon gång vill jag lära mig det. Hoppas du får ordning på Arwen igen. Är du förresten säker på att det finns ett för i dendär lilla magen? Man kanske inte ska jämföra med svenska hästar, dock... Ha det bra, och hälsa Anette!! Kram Karin

Ishtar said...

Hi Blyfinn! Sorry I can't be of much help; the labels came with the blog skin that I chose...

Ishtar said...

Hej Karin!
Solugnsmat är jätteroligt, för eftersom det kokas på svag värme under en längre tid, så smakar det så mycket... I onsdags gjorde jag rödvinsmarinerad filé med tomater, lök, äggplanta, soya och gröna blad. Det bäst av allt är att det är fettfritt så vi alla kan rasa i vikt! ;-)