Tuesday, January 3, 2012


     I come into the peace of wild                                                      
 things who do not tax their
 lives with forethought of grief...
 for a time I rest in the grace
 of the world, and am free.

~ Wendell  Berry

I set a goal:

one that really
doesn't matter if
I break, but will
greatly benefit me,
if I keep....to walk
outside daily...

rain, shine, hot
or cold...

to just get OUTSIDE
and enjoy this
world I have been
blessed to live in.
To gaze upon the
sights and listen to
the sounds as the day
awakens or maybe
as the day prepares
to sleep.

This morning, bundled
in my jacket and hat, I
walked in the bitter cold
[yes, for this thin blooded
southern, it's cold....29 degrees]
and watched as the
sun rose, as the
wild birds gathered
seeds.  I rested in
Grace and was free.

It's a beautiful day.


  1. What a great thing to do for yourself. It was very cold here this morning 19 degrees when I woke up... the high will be 29 yikes!

    I hope you have a blessed day!!


  2. Dearest Tracey, what a beautiful post. Your words and photos, are just stunning. I am joining you in your goal, walking is good for so much, the body and soul, and frame of mind. It took me a long time to transition from a runner to a walker, but now I am, and love it.
    Have a wonderful day my friend,

  3. Beautiful shots and words! Happy New Year!

  4. That sounds lovely, Tracey! I love to walk...my favorite form of exercise. I need to get up early on these cold days before my husband leaves for work so he can stay with the youngsters. (29 IS cold!)

  5. Oh, one of my very favourite poems!!!
    Nature is such a healer for the soul. I enjoyed "breathing in" your beautiful morning with you.

  6. You are inspiring me to join you too....so much to see in the morning and these photos are amazing! I am going to get up tomorrow morning and join you as I too need to get out and move! My blog header comes from a morning that I got up and went walking around 5:30 am and the mist was just lifting. It is cold here too...30 degrees! Brrrr

  7. Great goal Tracey! I love it and wish I could realistically keep that goal myself. Maybe when the kids are a little older? That is a beautiful poem. That 'forethought of grief' is key to our human character isn't it? I suppose it enables us to be empathetic but also keeps us caged by our own thoughts & fears. As always, I love your choice of poetry. So provoking!

  8. Simply beautiful...your words and photos! I have set the same goal for myself, get out there no matter what and let Mother Earth hit my face and fill my lungs and soul.

  9. So beautiful and true ~ although the first word I really paused on was 'taxes' ! Yikes. I know - not good at all! lol

    Your goal is so perfect and so simple - I also will try to apply the same resolution to my life. (although it's 3:43 pm and I have not been outside yet) I think I need to try harder ;)
    Happy New Year.

  10. Beautiful lady...that is so wonderful. I too wish I could walk everyday, like a daily meditation.
    Your photographs are stunning.
    Much love to you.

  11. I try to get outside as much as I can, too, but man, it's cold! For us, anyway. I'm still going to make the effort, though, because I feel so much better when I get out and move every day.

  12. We have made the same resolution! Although my walk was taken down a moon lit driveway, it was still so good to be outside!

  13. I will try to walk with you on most days....I really dislike rain and must avoid it at all costs!!!

  14. Sounds like a wonderful goal Tracey. Your photos are amazing, how inspiring that must have been to see those birds fly!!!

  15. Wishing you many, many more walks such as this on the third day of 2012.
    Happiest of New Years.