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SUBMITTED by Carol May, Secretary, Trail Works, Inc. (8-Apr-2013)

As Spring arrives in our area, Trail Works would like to share some thoughts on the benefits of getting out in Nature. The reflections of Carol Kildoyle will be shared in two installments and it is hoped that these beautiful thoughts inspire you to get out and enjoy the gifts that Nature has to share. For more information on the trails of Wayne County, check our website at www.trailworks.org.
Spring Farm in Arcadia, New York
Nature’s Gift, cont'd
by Carol Kildoyle, Treasurer, Trail Works, Inc.

John Muir once wrote, "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." Life is so hectic, and we need to connect with each other which is beneficial for the body and soul. We get too busy and think there will be another day, but soon one day goes into another, and all the hours and days are missed that we could have been spending walking, and talking with some one about the days events. We can share the joys of our day or to unload our cares or share moments to rekindle a relationship, or let a spouse, friend or child know that they are very important in our life and want to know how their day is going. Often it takes time for adults or children to really open up and tell us what is on their mind. If we are busy with other activities we can't focus on what the other person is wanting or needing to say to us. The quiet walk along the trail many times opens up the heart and mind so that those feelings will come tumbling out unlocked by the beauty around us and time shared with a special person in our life or maybe one yet to be. What better place then to walk along the trails and get to know someone.

Talking and walking can enhance the existing relationship, spending more time with someone you already care about. I think in these quiet moments we can take the time to be truly heard and fully seen by another. Is there an older person in your life you would like to spend more time with? Suggest a nature walk as a way to connect with someone who may otherwise not get outside very often. Being out in nature is a great way to connect across generations. Eleanor Roosevelt said "Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. "

"Tree of Life" in Lyons, New York
Talk with children. Children who spend time exploring nature grow into adults who enjoy hiking, camping, gardening and value the importance of preserving the environment. Take the time to teach them about nature, whether pointing out a birdsong, teaching the names of trees and flowers, or simply admiring the beauty of a tree. Children are able to notice the subtle changes of the seasons and can participate in the world around them and begin to feel connected to other living things.

So take the time to get outside and walk along our beautiful trails not just for the beauty of all that is around, but for the health of the body, mind, and spirit. Don't let more time slip away. Time where memories can be made with family, friends, and older people who would love to feel special by someone taking time to be with them and create lasting memories for all.


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