William Wordsworth was concerned with the increasing focus on consumerism when he championed a return to nature. I'm suggesting we follow his advice to deal with more than that.
The sheer volume of bad news in recent months has reached a decibel level much too high for many of us to continue to cope without some type of respite. Tragedies on both an individual and massive scale are bombarding us without any pauses to give our psyches a chance to heal breaches and shore up defenses.
Using Second Life to find the calm we need and the peace we lack seems, to me, to offer us an opportunity to at least temporarily reduce the noise around us. Finding an expression of nature that touches a sympathetic chord is always beneficial and it seems I needed it today in particular.
I've highlighted some of my old favourites and a couple of new ones in this post (all are Moderate maturity rating). In addition, getting on a horse and losing myself in the Calas Galadhon sims is on my list for the weekend.
You might prefer dancing or shopping to shut out the demands and tribulations of the world around us. Whatever it will take, I suggest you find some time for yourself and regroup. The problems we're dealing with will still be there when you're done but you'll be in better shape to address them. I know I will be.