Time to recombobulate?

You know in films, you sometimes see a stylish woman strolling through an airport, wearing a big straw hat with a chiffon scarf tied elegantly around it, sunglasses in one hand, tiny bag in the other?

I don’t look like that when I travel. I’m often shod in my walking boots to save weight in my case and probably wearing a couple too many layers to save space in my hand luggage – a rucksack which just fits within the airline’s acceptable dimensions and weighs a tonne but I am making it look really, really light so it doesn’t end up being consigned to the hold.

Then I go through security. Boots off, belt, keys, money, phone, sometimes even earrings go into the little tray and on the conveyor belt, along with my jacket which I struggle out of as I put my rucksack on the conveyor belt too. By the time I’m through the security gate, and especially if I get chosen for a pat down, I’m a bit flustered and desperately trying to grab all my possessions as quickly as possible, get out of other people’s way and find somewhere to sort myself out. Audrey Hepburn I am not.

Discombobulated’ –  feeling flustered, confused, agitated, discomfited, befuddled – sums it up perfectly.

You can imagine how I felt when a friend sent me this picture:

What we all need: a recombobulation area!(I don't know who originally took this photo: if you do, please let me know so I can credit it accordingly)

Fab idea: a recombobulation area!

Apparently this ‘recombobulation area’ is at an airport in Milwaukee and it’s just some chairs and tables. That’s all I need:  somewhere to sit down and sort myself out before moving on.

Today’s pebble for you to consider: do you need to create a ‘recombobulation area’ for yourself this week so you can take a few minutes to sit down, calm down and gather your thoughts before you move on?

What do you think?


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2 Responses to Time to recombobulate?

  1. R says:

    I love the idea of recombobulation!! Even thinking about it makes me smile, thank you!! :o)

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