I enjoy camping in the state parks. There is something about being out in nature that relaxes me and fills me with joy. Walking the trails, riding bikes, tubing or canoeing down the river, taking pictures and cooking outside is fun. I love the smell of the outdoors, especially the pine trees. Some people may think it's just too much work to go camping. They are right, it does take some work to load up everything, but to people who love to camp, it's worth it. There again some of the best and most rewarding things in life require work.
Our kids remember all the camping trips with fond memories. They would have so much fun. They do not remember all the ball games they played in or other activities but they remember our family trips. You can't go back and make those memories once the time has passed. I think on those family trips we taught our children how to be parents to their future children. We taught them how important family is and how important is to take the time away from their busy lives to refresh and restore their mind, body and soul.
When I am out walking along the river I close my eyes and listen to the sounds of the water and birds and the wind moving the branches of the trees. I love feeling the breeze on my face and the sun shining through the leaves. In those times I feel so close to God and his creation and I am so impressed by how complex and wonderful it is. In those times I am reminded of the 23rd Psalm. I love the King James Version the best.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I challenge you to get away from all things electronic or motor driven and reconnect with nature. Spend time with your family where there are no time restrictions or things that have to get done. Exercise, play and laugh. Play board games at night or sit around the fire and reminise while you roast marshmallow. You won't regret it.
Enjoy your life, it's a gift.
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.