Good for the soul

After spending a lot of time in the house, we got out last night and walked on our country road shortly before sunset.  The beauty of the clouds at sunset, the colorful meadow flowers and the full pink moon were refreshing.   I have to say the walk was good for my soul.

“Walking is good for the soul.”  ~Andy Rooney

Decorate my soul with spring.  Fill its depth with lovely things.”  ~Angie Weiland-Crosby

“Nature’s palette is calming to the soul.”  ~Unknown

“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.”  ~Washington Irving

“I was surrounded by life and beauty.  My soul was content, and my life felt full.”  ~Jennifer Pharr Davis

“A little bit of country is good for the soul.”  ~Unknown

“A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.”  ~Richelle E. Goodrich

“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.”  ~Mary Davis

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God … because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”  ~Anne Frank

15 thoughts on “Good for the soul

  1. These pictures are beautiful and the quotes, as usual, are so spot on. I love my walking regimen Rebecca, but here in Michigan the stats are so terrible, that last Sunday I decided no more walking. But the uncertainty, and the endless news stories, sadness, had me going back out again yesterday. It keeps me grounded like nothing else. I had a mask on, was careful and there were only six people on the pathway, all a fair distance from me. But I told myself, if I permitted myself to walk, it would be without a camera as I did not to be fiddling around my face. At the house it’s okay, but not out in public. This is such a worrisome time, but luckily I live alone so no worries about others coming to visit who may have it. I think it will be a long time before we return to normal again.

    • I’m afraid you’re right. Who would have ever thought that we would see anything like this in our lifetime? For me, walking and taking rides in the car help to make things seem more normal. Our state parks have closed down, but the National Wildlife Refugees are still open. Thank goodness for them and for computers and cell phones. I hope you are able to work from home.

      • Yes, every day seems more surreal to me Rebecca. Here in Michigan, our Governor extended the stay-at-home/stay safe order she issued on March 23rd and was to expire on April 14th at midnight. She extended it to April 30th as Michigan has a lot of cases, and deaths as well. She has made this Order more stringent – people may not cross to their neighbor’s house to visit nor to other family members’ homes – only be around family members in your house. She did that as she worried about people mingling for Easter weekend. Also, people have been going to their Summer cottages/homes and that is now forbidden as they worried they’d spread the virus to the northern part of the state. You may not travel from residence to residence.

        Initially I thought it was not a good idea to walk, but went back to it and there are so few people there, and I’m wearing a mask so I feel it is okay. I like walking as it keeps me grounded and sets my day off right. They have only closed a few parks where the pathways are not wide enough for two people to pass at one time, but none of those are near me. But I made a concession and am not using a camera so I am not fiddling with the camera around my face.

        Yes, with our electronic devices we are continually in touch with the outside world – I don’t have TV so rely on news I get off the AM radio station and the computer. I have worked from home since 2011 after being laid off during the recession and then only brought back part-time so I asked to work from home … so there was no adjustment for me in that regard, but now we are very slow at work. You are smart to remain hunkered down at home, but get out for walks when possible. Hopefully you are retired or not working so no more worries for you in that regard.

      • Things definitely are stricter where you are. Our governor issued a “Safer at Home” order until April 30th. Presently our county has 5 cases, much different than counties with large cities, but we’re still taking the same precautions — social distancing, businesses, churches and parks closed, people working from home, and restaurants are take out or drive through only, etc. I’m hopeful that things will ease up after April, but who really knows? Cases in counties around us continue to go up and some newspapers say we won’t peak until June. I hope you are able to keep walking, as I know that is important to emotional and physical health.

      • Wow – your county with just five cases is very lucky for you. Too bad it cannot remain at that level. When we were at that low level, no social distancing was in place. Where I live, (Wayne County), as of yesterday they’ve posted 4,483 cases and 301 deaths and that does not include Detroit in that tally, even though Detroit is in Wayne County, but they have an inordinate amount of cases/deaths (6,395 cases and 345 deaths. Despite the pushback and circulation of petitions on social media to impeach this Governor, I think she is doing a good job to prevent further cases/deaths. I doubt she will be allowed to extend past April 30th though. Our peak was this past week and will be the upcoming week – that’s why she forbid going outside the home to a neighbor’s or relative’s house, even if you know they are “safe” especially for the Easter holiday. The idea of a resurgence later in the year if there is no vaccine is terrifying. The medical experts have also indicated a possible epidemic of mental illness will be next. I am a homebody, except for the walks and/or morning errands and no one comes to the house, so it’s been easier for me than most people. The walks will keep our heads clear … stay safe Rebecca.

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