For the first time in a while, we decided to take an evening walk. I am sorry to say that we have gotten out of the habit of walking, as life has been busy and things have just been in the way. Or we were too tired. Or one of a hundred other excuses.
We still go to the gym three times a week however. It has almost been a year now since we started and for the most part, we have stayed on that schedule.
I mention this all because with the type of work we do, and also with the busy schedule we seem to follow, it can be very easy to just sit around and not do anything really physical. And that isn’t good.
While finding the time to do both walking and heading out to the gym may be hard, since we have made the commitment to it, I think that it has really contributed positively to our overall health – and our focus on our work. Working at home makes it easy to become reclusive and house bound, with very little reason to leave the house other than obtaining groceries and supplies or going to the post office. And while I tend to be quite social here online, since the kids are grown up and on their own, I find that it is a time in my life where I just don’t have the opportunity or desire to venture out very much socially. While we do visit with family and friends on a regular basis, it is just a time in our lives when we are busy, as is everyone else, and it is very easy to stay close to home.
I don’t think that is bad at all, but I do see the benefit in having to get out to the gym a couple of times a week, and also the benefit of walking on the off days. It clears the head and gives me a time to reflect and think and plan.
I can’t help but think that these feelings of being overwhelmed are somehow related to the absence of our daily walks. Just as I need my early morning quiet time to feel ready to take on the world, perhaps I have underestimated the impact of the time that I unplug in the evening by walking through the woods or even along the river. It is a simple idea, but one that I believe has merit.
As we left the house yesterday, we were immediately rewarded. The rain of the past three days had finally stopped and the sky was almost clear, but for a few large billowy clouds in the northern sky. The sun was just setting, and to the southwest we could see the last of the orange-pink light slipping behind the trees in front of us as we walked. But it somehow seemed light, even though the sky above was quite dark.
As I looked behind me, I was struck by the clouds, which were illuminated from behind by a soft, but bright yellowish light. Keith had thought at first that it was the Northern Lights, as he had heard that some from our area had seen hints of them in the past few evenings. But as the clouds began to move, it was apparent that what we saw was the moon rising, and I remembered it was the Harvest Moon.
I have heard of the Harvest Moon before, but not really paid much attention. Yes, there were the songs and poems about it, but I have listened and read them in a dismissive fashion without ever really thinking about it. But seeing this moon rising behind me, I finally realized what all the fuss was about. It was amazing.
As we walked the mile or so down the road to the end of our street, I couldn’t help but look back over my shoulder in amazement at the moon rising. Never before have I seen it rise so quickly, or seem so large. I couldn’t wait until we got to the mill and turned around, facing it as we walked back, and wonder at one of the marvels of nature.
When I got home, I looked up the meaning of what a “Harvest Moon” was and I found this link from Wikipedia. It explains the phenomena and I learned something new. After over 50 years on this planet, I am surprised that I haven’t taken notice of this before. It just goes to show. . .
I am glad we found the time to take that walk. I want to get into the habit of doing so again. With all the things that are going on in our lives and our business, I really think that I miss those times of quiet reflection and tuning into our surroundings.
What does this have to do with woodworking and designing and painting?
For it takes a clear head and inspiration to be able to be creative. And I believe that I have found that.
Have a wonderful Tuesday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"