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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Can You Escape?

Is it bad to want to escape? To check out from time to time? To shut down the ol' think machine?


For the love of God…No! 

It is not a bad thing to escape. It is not cowardly. It is not failure. It is the re-compositioning of an individual in order that they may return with courage and boldness to a world that can so often be unrelenting and unforgiving.

Escaping is wanting to retreat, from what ever it is that life has being throwing at you, in order to recuperate or just plain survive and thus renewing yourself in the process. To escape away from something solely because you wish not to do it is called avoidance. Avoidance will always find you retreating, while escaping will always find you returning. Those who wish to conquer will at times need to escape, however those who continually avoid will fail to acquire.

Do not allow escapism to turn into avoidance. 

 If you need renewal than quit avoiding escaping. Set aside time during each day to purposefully and intentionally shut down. Escape into another world and renew your mind. Whether you set a timer on how long you'll read or you set a limit of watching two episodes of your favourite Netflix series, know that this is your time to reboot. When your done be grateful for the break and go forth into the world and continue being intentional.



"I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape”is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. In what the misusers are fond of calling Real Life, Escape is evidently as a rule very practical, and may even be heroic. In real life it is difficult to blame it, unless it fails; in criticism it would seem to be the worse the better it succeeds. Evidently we are faced by a misuse  of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word,and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter." - J.R.R.Tolkien

5 comments:

Kmarie A. said...

This is probably one of my favourite posts of yours to date. Because it's not only self help but then quite giving in that self help. The ever loving paradox. Anyway, wise words, wise quote, great food for thought! Now let's go escape together my love. xoxoxo

Philip CalledtoQuestion said...

Thanks, babe, I do love escaping with you.

Kevin Maxwell said...

Yes, I think we were meant to be constantly escaping to the larger picture of life, in each moment, human sentiment can have us bound to that which passes away. What if our escape was permanent through what life throws at us? I am not talking easy, I am talking what's possible

Philip CalledtoQuestion said...

@ Kevin

Thanks for stopping by, Kevin. I like your photo.

The larger picture is always a good place to escape to, renew and reavaluate. Your point on permenant escape is a difficult one for most to master let alone even comprehend. I think that because we have discussed this one on one, and share similar perspectives, although very different, we understand one another. It just may be possible😉

Amy said...

Ah! Welcome back, Philip - so great to hear your voice. I know I am a bit late to the party, but really enjoyed your post on escapism versus avoidance. I really appreciate the compassion you laced this article with. Escaping is so important, especially when our own real life story is in a season of trial and pain. I am always checking in with myself to make sure I am not avoiding life, while also allowing myself to escape to refresh. Super interesting dynamic. Wish I could have been a part of the conversation that you and Kevin had... sounds profound.

So great to read your thoughts today, your voice has been missed.

Amy