April 15 -- tax day! Even though this year income tax returns don't need to be postmarked today, just hearing the word, "April 15" can make the blood pressure rise. Add to that the extremely fast-moving real estate markets we're experiencing in many parts of the county, and stress can quickly reach stratospheric levels.
At times like these the best antidote I have is visiting some of my favorite calming spots. Many of these are in the Presidio of San Francisco, a 30-minute walk from my home, or an even shorter drive. The trail pictured above is one of my favorites--I simply can't help smiling as I walk up or down it. Often I'm alone; sometimes pre-school children are enjoying an outing; happy dogs can be seen playing here, grooving on all the sticks available.
On one particular day lately I found myself looking up to enjoy the beauty of the majestic eucalyptus trees above the trail. Calmness had returned to my world.
My question to you: how do you keep sane when the pressure rises?