Day 29 – Down to the Wire…

I began my 31 Day Writing Challenge when I was visiting family in Carson City, NV. During the month I walked, wrote, had friends visit me, I visited friends and enjoyed the glorious light and colors. Now at the end of the month, the colors are fading, the light is dimming and there’s a melancholy feeling in my bones. I’m not quite ready to say good-bye to October, regardless of what the calendar says. I’m not ready for the time-change tonight. I’m not ready and still, those things will happen whether I am ready or not.

Maxwell Trail, Fort Collins ColoradoToday’s walk was around a lake and through the trees. The sky was clear, blue and wide open. By the end of my walk, I had my jacket off and my t-shirt was the perfect thing for me.

Walking is really what helps to keep my spirits up when the lights go down. Movement, fresh air, scenic views or just different sights help the walk fly by.

Walking for me is like brushing my teeth or making my bed. Schedule it, do it, get it done and my day is complete.

Good night to one and all. I’ll chat with you tomorrow!

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Nature’s Playpen

Taking a walk in silence can be one of the most educational things you can do to enhance your growth.

rushing water in springUnplugging music, books, podcasts and most of all …the train of endless thoughts … allows you time to let in new ideas.

Walking, looking at the scenery, smelling the air, taking a shower, watching clouds … all mindless activities that give your mind a much needed break.

To grow — you have to have downtime.  If you hike with a friend, take a break from the conversation and walk in silence for awhile. If you hike alone, focus on the path, the trees, flowers blooming, clouds forming or your breathing. Stop the chatter and be in the moment.

So simple, so easy – it takes focus though. Focus on the moment at hand.  Your brain will thank you for this brief respite. Trust me.