One of my favorite things to do is take a walk in the park. Anytime I am feeling life’s stresses or wanting to just take a few moments to remember what is really important, I love to walk around my favorite park in Guelph. Riverside Park is my park, it is the Park I grew up in, it is the park I like to watch bridge to-bridge as my father calls it.
I always love to think of the various conversations that take place on one of the many park benches I walk by. I love the park in all seasons, with Winter just upon us, I love the stillness and the quietness of the image of this lonely park bench set amongst the river bank.
When I take time just to spend 30 minutes in nature, I always feel better for doing so. Why is so hard to get going sometimes, I often spend more time thinking of doing something rather than doing it at times. This happens often on weekends when my paper arrives at its doorstep, coffee in hand and I plan my day. My plans always include a little walk or two but often the day floats into night and I am still on the couch serving the internet or changing the channels on the TV.
Why is so hard to get outside in the Winter weather at times when you know you will feel better after a little stroll around the block. I put pressure on myself at times when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing to get outside for a little fresh air, as I know I will feel better for even the most basic of steps in the Winter months. Clearing the car of snow, and oh the drag of shovelling can be overwhelming at times.
I am already counting down the days till Spring but know that we must first endure the quiet and stillness of the Winter. Maybe just maybe I can be OK with not being so hard on myself this time of year to get outside more. As it just looks so much prettier from inside. The snow glistening on the fence, or the kids building a snowman.
I have some gift cards for the ski hill which I know the kids and I would really have fun at. I just have to find the courage to get outside and get going on those days when it just seems simpler to stay inside. I used to ski but have not been in many years, and last year I had promised my Mother I would take the kids downhill skiing this season. I guess I still have a few more months to accomplish this task. Or maybe I could make it a fun outing rather than a task. I guess it is all how you look at things.
Winter I LOVE YOU, I WILL EMBRACE THIS SEASON!
“When you change the way you look at things…. the things you look at change.” ~ Wayne Dyer