January 27th 2022 (Stoic Boot Camp challenge version)

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A Walk in the Woods

“We should take wandering outdoor walks, so that the mind might be nourished and refreshed by the open air and deep breathing.” Seneca

Your challenge today is to get outside and take a forest bath. Wash away the troubles and turbulence of the world through the cleansing effects of nature.

Yay. Finally, a laydown task. Or so it seems. I have been fooled before. My late wife and I used to love to take long walks in the woods. I am very fortunate. I live in a quiet suburban neighborhood with sidewalks and plenty of good nature and walking opportunities. I also have three large parks within a short drive, including a very large State forest fifteen minutes away. As I stated in an earlier challenge, “Walking without a headset and with just with your own thoughts is also an excellent way to start a morning”

So why have you stopped walking in the morning?

I think I have more cycled out of walking as part of my morning routine. It is more of a time management thing. I was walking every day for about five miles while I was on my weight loss journey last year. As I got closer to my goal weight, I have tapered off on my strolls.

Even when my wife Sherrie was very sick, we would go to the park after chemo for a little sunshine and a date. It was very important to us and brought us much peace. (Plus, in the middle of a pandemic with a very immune compromised spouse, an empty park is perfect.)

So I guess we are going walkies this morning.

Yes I am. Sherrie used to hate the way I would listen to podcasts on my walk. She was in agreement with Ryan that I should listen to nature and be alone with my thoughts. She loved the woods and nature. Every day we spent in the forest together was a gift. I miss you baby.

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