“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,
for going out,
was really going in.”
In a few hours we will pack lunches, load the car and head to Michaux State Forest for a hike. Our plan is to hike the Sunset Rocks trail.
Before we have even made a single peanut butter & jelly sandwich, I am already certain that while we wander I will wonder:
- Should we sell the television now that we cancelled cable or will Kate want it? What about the Wii and the TV stand?
- How long will it take to remove the wallpaper in the hall and stairwell?
- When will the volunteer call us to schedule a home visit so we can move forward with the dog adoption?
- Will Otter like having another dog in the house? How will the cat react?
- What do we need at the grocery store today to be prepared for the week?
- Should I keep the paper coffee filters now that I bought a reusable coffee filter? Do they even take up enough space to warrant thinking about it?
- What are we going to plant in the front garden this summer?
- How can I rearrange the living room to make maximum use of the space only using the furniture/shelving we currently have?
What I really want to do when we get on the trail is concentrate on:
- how quiet it is
- the smell of fresh winter air and its sting in my lungs
- the rhythm of our footsteps
- the beauty of the exposed winter forest
Today will be a lesson on focusing and living in the moment. I always feel like I can tackle questions like the ones above after a day in the woods. I can rest my mind while I work my body.
Where do you go when you need time away from constant questioning/evaluating/assessing? Do you meditate? Practice yoga? How do you calm your mind?