Enchanted Rock

On Saturday I visited Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for the first time.

Every few years it seems, I get disconnected from nature. I lose track of how insanely good it is for us. I feel it especially so because I grew up in the Texas hill country, my days marked by more time spent outside and in the woods than anything else for the majority of my childhood.

I am at peace in nature, always.

It feels like home.

Shaking off the inertia of cloudy and rainy days, day to day stress, and the temptation of a comfortable living room is always difficult. It takes real effort to plan a trip, to pack, to prepare, and then to spend quality time in such a place.

And that’s exactly the effort that must be made to reconnect with the things we value most.

We have to work to seek health, clarity, and the way forward just as we have to put work to be in nature. In life, just as in the effort it takes to spend time in nature, the hardest part is often getting out the front door, overcoming the temptation to stay in the same place, to stay comfortable.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson

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