When I was a senior in high school, we had to choose an author to do a report on. This report was due at the end of the year, so the intention was to spend your entire senior year researching this person, and reading their work. It was almost like a high school thesis.
I really had no idea who I wanted to spend an entire year of my life researching, and didn’t have a lot of time to make my choice. I looked up some quick descriptions, and paired that with some gut instinct to make my choice – Henry David Thoreau.
Henry David Thoreau was most well known for going off grid to live in the woods at Walden Pond, which was also the setting of his very famous book. His reason was to live his life deliberately.
Do you live life deliberately?
I have so much more appreciation for this now, even though I did think it was pretty cool waaaaaay back when I was in high school. Sometimes life can feel very reactive, even when we are making the effort to be proactive.
His famous quote that always stuck with me is “Life is frittered away with detail, simplify, simplify”
While I don’t know about going totally off grid, I do appreciate the healing effects of stepping out into nature. Not only for the stress relief of unplugging, and breathing some fresh air, but also for the simplicity of it all. The “weeds” growing all around you with the amazing power to improve your health. The uneven terrain giving abundant opportunity for functional and green fitness. It’s so simple, yet we’ve made it so complicated.
I’d like to spend some attention on getting back to basics in this overly complicated world, and embrace the simplicity. I want to explore simplifying health and harmony.