I'm up north this week.
Usually, I don't come up to our little cabin this early in the season (although Tom does, regularly, to fish). Spring comes slowly here in Michigan, generally. But it comes even s-l-o-w-e-r up north. It's hard to take a big step backward when it comes to springtime, y'know? So I usually skip these May trips.
But this year? Things are different. (Oh. So. Different.) And I decided to come along this week. Bare trees and all!
And even though it WAS kind of shocking to see how far spring is lagging behind up here . . . it's been refreshing, in a way, too.
Yesterday (a day, mind you, that started with bright blue skies and a temperature of 21 degrees F), I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes:
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
--- John Muir
When JoJo and I set out for our daily walk, I didn't expect much; I wasn't really seeking anything. Just some exercise. And a chance to get outside for both of us.
But I received far more than that!
Our time in the trees . . . kind of hit a RESET button in my soul. I enjoyed the gifts of sunshine and cool breezes. I marveled at the emerging leaves. I took big breaths of fresh forest air. I felt myself relax. I sunk into spring emerging all around me. And I realized how lucky I am to be able to watch spring unfold for a second time this year!
These are challenging times. The world seems a very confused, scary, and incredibly frustrating place right now. After yesterday, my advice to you . . . is to get outside!
Spend some time in nature.
Allow the magic to happen.
Listen to John Muir!
You'll receive far more than you seek!