Stopping by Woods on A Snowy Morning

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I had so much to do Tuesday.

I used to hear people declare they had so much to do, and I’d compare their so-much-to-do lists with my so-much-to-so list and try to decide which one of us was really truly busier (that’s a thing, right? Being competitive over how busy you are? I’m not the only one?) and then one day I realized — most of us are really busy most of the time. It’s not a competition. It’s not even something to brag about. We just are.

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So. I did the sensible thing and ignored all the stuff I should have been doing and went for a hike instead. While the kids were in school. All by myself.

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We had a two-day window between snowstorms, and the beautiful thing about nature is that you can’t hand it your to-do list and ask it to please wait while you pencil it in for next Thursday. You have to carpe diem and all that. So I went, and tried not to let my totally normal fear of being eaten by mountain lions ruin my morning (they don’t hibernate, you know. Mountain lions. Bears and other animals do, but a mountain lion does not which means I could be the only dinner possibility he encounters all day. I’m jussayin’.)

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In Bread and Wine, Shauna Niequist talks about the things that feed our soul and bring us back to ourselves and help us worship and make us human. For her, it’s having people she loves around her table, talking and eating food she’s made with so much love. For me, it’s getting outside. This is why I run. It’s why I pack up food and sunscreen and dry pants (just…trust me) and take the kids hiking. It’s why my only volunteer job right now is as a Girl Scout leader. It’s usually my first solution when I feel myself getting irritable and cranky.

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I feel like maybe the above picture should be accompanied by a Deep Thought by Jack Handey.

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That’s me, being all zen. And also really having to go to the bathroom but hoping against hope for a warm, heated one in the middle of nowhere.

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So. Much. Better.

If you, too, are busy busy busy, with too much to do and not nearly enough time to do it…please can I be the instigator who tells you to blow everything off for an hour or so, and go do what makes you you?  When that part’s taken care of, everything else either falls into place or seems less important anyway.

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Comments

  1. The “busier” I am the more I need to get outside into nature, too! I’ve started contributing nature/kid related posts at pocketmousepublishing.com and it’s made me realize how much I rely on daily outdoor time to keep me going.
    ~Lee

  2. Lovely! I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who blows off my list to get in a walk or just try to find ‘me’ again. My kids think I’m nuts when I go for a walk in the snow but it’s that quiet – no list, no one asking me to find something, no ‘bing’ of texts coming in — ahhh. Glad you had a nice morning :)

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