I was nominated by the fantastic Millie Thom to participate in the Three Quotes Challenge. A remarkable and eclectic author and blogger, I have truly enjoyed our conversations and love reading her work. It is a huge honor to be nominated by a fellow writer who I admire so much both personally and professionally! 🙂
These are the challenge rules:
- Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
- Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
There isn’t any particular theme I have to adhere to, so I’m going to go with some of my favorite quotes, with a brief description/blurb detailing why that particular piece means so much to me.
I am be nominating the following bloggers to participate as well (if they opt to do so):
Jolene at Joeyfullystated
Bekki at The Creativity Cauldron
Andrea at Harvesting Hecate
❤ There are no words. Those that know me well know that I have a deep love and appreciation for nature. I feel more myself, more spiritual, more in touch with God, more in tune with my existence, and more a true part of this beautiful earth when I am out on a hike, swimming in a lake, or just sitting by a stream, taking it all in.
Hiking is easily my yoga. My poor brain can only take so much “quiet time” as I tend to ruminate and go over things again and again (the good and the bad) and just can’t sit still long enough to effectively meditate. Getting off my butt and immersing myself in nature is the activity that I have found that rejuvenates me and helps me find my center.
That being said, the first time I read Walden by Henry David Thoreau, I fell in love. While I mentioned that the first quote in this challenge by Ben Franklin was my favorite of all time, this excerpt is part of a longer piece that is easily my favorite in American Literature. Studying the transcendentalists in college was hands down the course I most enjoyed. Their overall philosophies on life and living struck a chord with me, and none so much as the words of Thoreau.
I connected with Walden in SO many ways. When I read this excerpt, my heart swelled. I wanted to have that experience so badly. While I, unfortunately, cannot take a break from my life and go live in a remote cabin for a year (as much as I would jump at that opportunity should it ever present itself), I make time for myself every weekend to do just this. To deliberately go to the woods to live, to experience life. To savor everything the woods and nature in general has to offer and teach me. Being a part of such beauty makes me realize that this is living. That being a part of something greater, surrounding yourself by the most basic and raw of humanity, of existence, makes you feel more alive than you could ever dream possible.
And so I end this challenge with an excerpt from my most beloved of American literature. The mighty words of Thoreau have taught, and are still teaching me, me so much. I love that I can reread passages and get something different from his beautiful philosophies each and every time, dependent on where I’m at during that stage of my life, and what lesson needs to be learned.
After writing this post, I find myself eagerly anticipating my upcoming hike in the coastal mountain range this weekend more so than ever. Our evening walks in the woods surrounding our house are fantastic, but spending a full day soaking it all in is just heavenly and something I cannot wait for.
Get outside and enjoy! 🙂