Tuesday, October 6, 2009

'Scuse me while I get deep

The outdoors is like church for me. I procrastinate going - can't go hike today it's too wet, don't feel like loading the kayaks, not enough wind to sail. But when I finally get there, it only takes 20 minutes to feel renewed, energized, inspired. It washes the cobwebs and allows in the light.

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. (Maybe I just say that at the change of each season because I like change) The earthy musk of wet leaves on the ground, the brilliance of colours along a lakeshore, the bite of a frosty morning, all fill me up. Suddenly I remember to be thankful.

Thanks to my friend LeSan for her suggestion I get out there.

What fuels your spiritual self?


LeSan said...

I couldn't agree with you more on everything you said. If being with nature and all her changes doesn't bring you closer to creation then nothing will. What a breathtaking photo that is! If it were not writerly uncool to do so I would have added 6 exclamation points to that sentence. hehe

Tara said...

I love that picture! I could pack a bag right now and head out to see it in real life. Glad you feel renewed. :]

Matt said...

Now you're just rubbing it in to those of us who don't get to have fall. Summer year round sounded like a good idea at the time. Now while the rest of you enjoy that brisk nip before winters wicked bite, I sit in air conditioned hell looking at record heat through tinted windows. (Sigh) I need a trip to a cider mill.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I can't wait until our foliage looks like that! We've just begun to change here...

And nothing more invigorating than the great outdoors!

Natalie said...

Mmm... I love the outdoors too and I love fall. I get a major spiritual boost from checking on my kids after they are asleep. They are perfect when they sleep.

Jenn said...

I agree with you so much. I am the same way - every season I say, "No, this is my favorite season!" Nothing better than being outdoors this time of year, and our leaves haven't even really started to change yet.

Aurora said...

Touche, Terry..

Fall is my favourite season, as well.

Luv the pic:)

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You can send me a note through my Web site and let me know if you want to post a blog.

It will be there, hopefully, for people to see for years to come.

It sounds interesting!

Janet, said...

I love the fall. I love to go walking in the woods, noticing each day how the leaves turn more golden than the day before and watching the wildlife.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Woohoo, look at the comments! Thanks everyone for sharing your love of the outdoors!

Anonymous said...

Hi Terry,
My grandpa was a forester & he said the forest was God's cathedral. He felt closer to Gd in the woods under his beautiful pine trees. I agree with him.
I feel mor "spiritual surrounded by His creations.

J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-AbledChildren's Author
Coming this winter “Klutzy Kantor” picture book