I have mentioned before that my husband and I have been walking each morning in a nearby park in Western Howard County. In July and August, we did great. We walked every day. Then September came, and we pushed ourselves to get out and walk but would miss a day here and there. Now October is almost gone, and I have found we are coming up with so many excuses for not walking. It’s dark; it’s raining, it’s cold, we are tired, the KITTEN would be lonely.
No more excuses. We got out today and walked, and was I ever glad I did. What a beautiful world we live in. All the Fall leaves were swirling around us as we headed toward the wooded area of the park. Walnuts and acorns were everywhere, and our friendly squirrel enjoyed following behind us for a ways. The changes we have seen these last few months of walking have made me appreciate Mother Nature and all of her beauty. Even now, as the weather is heading toward Winter (Brrr!), I am suddenly looking forward to walking this path in the snow. What will I see then? I will see the deer tracks, as this park is full of many deer and other wildlife.
I love the dogs we see walking their owners each day and the children following their parents on these paths. But most of all, I love that I can get out with my husband and walk. Not everyone is as lucky as we are, and I know I am blessed as we head into November, a month that many like to mention what they are Thankful for. The other night, I spent some time thinking about this very thing. Of all things, I am thankful that I can get out there and walk. I hope even if you can’t make it to a park like we do, that you can walk around your home. I hope you can get outside and see Mother Nature at work. I know I will not take this ability for granted any longer, and the excuses will stop–at least unless it is raining.
Stephanie Fleming – Beyond Behnkes