I learned that I MUST hold firm and be resolute in getting outside in nature, regardless of exterior forces that attempt to stop me. This morning, I kept my word to myself, and family, to take a hike at a local State Park. I invited my family of 3 to go with me. Although reluctant at first; all three agreed to go. After an hour of waiting for them to get ready, and listening to a plethora of excuses for NOT going; I went to my car and began preparing for the journey. No more than 20 minutes later, all 3 family members were walking to the car.
The drive in the car was arduous at best, and when we arrived at the park for our walk; my two kids refused to exit the car. I refrained from becoming upset and engaging in an argument. I gave them my keys and began walking the trail.
As I walked among the redwood trees, I gave into the sounds of nature, listening to its muffled songs. And I stood there, completely engaged with nature, I could hear voices getting louder as they approached me. From around a group of trees, my kids appeared. As the walk progressed, Nature’s song took a
backseat to the noise of my family, identifying the vast variety of Nature’s participants,.... and ALL of us enjoyed my last minute decision to walk through the park.