Rainey Daze and Crazy Nights

Poetry, Paintings, and Ponderings: Through My Eyes

River Trail Thoughts April 29, 2012

The birds were not cooperating today, so I could not get any good pictures of them. Instead, I decided to go for a walk on a local trail. This walk inspired a lot of thinking about life.

The gravel trail meanders through a beautiful forest. The bushes, ferns, and trees are all wearing their new spring finery. Sprinkled sunlight throughout the woods creates a lovely pattern of light and shadows. When I am in this setting, all seems right in my world. It makes me wonder: do you think all the modern conveniences have actually harmed us as humans? I have so many “things”, and because of this I work long hours and spend most of my time on upkeep of said things. What if life were more simple? What if I had much less, and had time to do much more? This walk in the woods really got me thinking about life.

Imagine having a small cabin in a forest like this one. Would the peace and quiet be a constant inspiration to my spirit, or would loneliness drive me insane? I would be willing to give up a lot for a quiet life.

I am in awe of this crooked tree because to me, it told a story. I found it growing in a thick patch of woods. The base of the trunk is large and sturdy, but cast in shadows of the surrounding trees. As it was growing, this tree needed sunlight. Somehow, over the many years of its life, this tree found a way to reach for the sun. It grew in a way that was best for it, not caring about how it looked or what anyone else thought. This tree did what it needed to do. You can learn a lot from a tree.

Here is a peek of the river. Like most things in life, the “getting there” was more fun than the “arriving”. However, I do enjoy spending time near the water.

I really enjoyed my walk today and it helped to shake some of the “blues” I felt when I woke  up. It also made me think about my life, and how I could change some things. I still struggle with the idea of my actions making others unhappy, but I see now that my happiness is important, too. Today I went for a walk because it made me happy. I wonder what I might do tomorrow?


11 Responses to “River Trail Thoughts”

  1. beautiful and tranquil photos

  2. Dorothy Says:

    I used to go trail hiking every weekend. It was my time. Now I am not able to as much. Your photos reminded me of the draw that the woods have on me. It really can be a form of walking meditation and can be so good for the soul and when we think about nature and simpler things it just takes a great weight off of our shoulders. So glad you had an enjoyable time. I’m going to have to schedule a walk too before I miss all that Spring brings to the forest.

    • rainey Says:

      Dot, It is so important that we remember to take time for ourselves. I have given every second of my life to others for far too long. Not to sound selfish, but I need time for me now.

  3. emma Says:

    Truly beautiful post — visual and in written word.

  4. soooooooo nice!

    I love going for walks like that. Glad it made you happy

  5. bpshielsy Says:

    Oh I’m glad you enjoyed you walk & from the pics you took it looked lovely.

    I understand where you’re coming from with todays distractions too. I liken it to this… I never used to get the Amish & their lifestyle, but over the last few years I’ve seen a couple of documentaries on their way of life. It does seem appealing to get away from it all & go back to roots to the simpler way of life.

    Just to get enjoyment from growing your own things, working hard & enjoying the company of friends & family.

    • rainey Says:

      That’s exactly how I feel lately, BP! WE all do so much, work so hard, every day, but seldom have time to enjoy the little things. Really has me thinking a lot lately.

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