Last week I made the 8 hour trek north to pick up my daughter from college. After we loaded up her things, rather than heading south for home, we continued north for another four hours to a friend’s cabin which is near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. [The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a 1,090,000 acre within the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.]
We stayed at the cabin, which has electricity and heat, but no running water and enjoyed the beauty of the area. We hiked.
And we canoed.
And we spent a fair amount of time quiet and letting the healing power of the outdoors do it’s thing.
Here are my take away lessons from the trip, in no particular order:
~There is a point when your children outgrow you. Like Kahil Gilbran says, “Your children are arrows shot into the future.” They move forward to a place that you can not go. This is a good thing.
~For me, silence is the best teacher.
~As healing as the fresh air and walking in a pine forest can be–a warm bed and a warm toilet are things that an aging body rejoices in.
~My dwelling place must be beautiful and organized. When it is not, I get restless until I make it so.
~I like my human contact to be purposeful. If we are just going through the motions or skimming the surface, I would rather retreat into silence, my best teacher.