Two trunked tree in the woods with our house in the distance

Two trunked tree in the woods with our house in the distance

Let’s say one makes a decision to open the door and walk outside, spending time in the great outdoors for 365 days.  Suppose 232 days have passed.  Through cold and hot (well, very little hot), through snow and rain, through drought and deluge…one treks outside and begins to learn more about the earth.  One learns to peer very closely at the marvels of nature, at the marvels of people spending time outdoors, at the wildlife which presents itself, at the flowers and trees and plants.  One learns so much.

But here’s the question:  Is “outside” really better than “inside”? 

Red mushrooms growing beneath a log

Red mushrooms growing beneath a log

What are the advantages to stepping outside?  Many folks with life-threatening illnesses, confined to beds or wheelchairs, rarely have the opportunity to amble through the woods.  Others spend entire lives within a house or monastery, perhaps meditating or praying day and night.  Some people thrive indoors.  Others thrive outdoors.

What is the gift of the outdoors?

How does it enrich us?   Does it matter? 

How is it better than spending our minutes inside the house?  Or is it any better?  Are they equal possibilities, both the same?

Day lily rests in bed of blooming thyme

Day lily rests in bed of blooming oregano

I have some thoughts, but would love to hear from you first.  So many of you readers are outdoor folks, but others spend more time indoors.  What do you think?  Would you like to spend every day for a year outdoors, or don’t you feel the need?  Or, looking at it the other way, do you already spend time every day outdoors and never even think about it?

Denise and the dogs on our five to six mile hike yesterday

Denise and the dogs on our five to six mile hike yesterday

Yesterday it was a great time hiking with my friend Denise and her dogs along Bayshore Road outside of L’Anse.  We walked and walked.  However, we were so busy talking our five to six miles passed in a flash.  It didn’t even feel like exercise, until our legs started feeling it.

Loons on the lake.  If you squint, you'll probably see them.

Loons on the lake. If you squint, you'll probably see them.

Today Barry and I worked in the garden.  We harvested all the peas, pulled up the pea plants and took down the pea fence.  Seems like a huge space opened up in the garden, a space where the squash and cucumbers can now spread.  The onions have mostly fallen over and need to be plucked, as well.  We’ll keep them in the basement and eat them until Christmas.

Signing off now, really hoping some of you will share your thoughts about outdoors versus indoors.

Thank you and goodnight.

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