Here is a picture of my new “therapeutic” intervention.
Yes, it is popsicle money. I have been carrying popsicle money around with me all summer. I have spent some hours on the bike path, either on the bike or running (or walking) and carrying my popsicle money with me, just in case I was in a place that had popsicles when I wanted a popsicle.
You may need to know that popsicles are not a regular thing with me. In fact, they are pretty far off my usual list of foods to eat, and they certainly don’t instill any health benefits. However, there is an opportunity for pleasure and even fun with those icy treats on a hot day when I have been exercising. And so my quest for the pleasurable popsicle.
I tried to get one and had to settle for something similar one hot weekend day three miles into a four mile run. Whatever that concoction of water, sugar and flavour was, it hit the spot. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I made the very most of it.
So I am sharing this idea, and in the therapy office, I have put out a tiny bowl full of change for popsicles, along with a sign to encourage people to plan to have some fun, plan for pleasure….plan for a popsicle. Be prepared because you don’t know when the opportunity might arise to indulge and really, deeply enjoy.
Happy summer! Happy popsicle days!