Thursday, March 5, 2009

Happy Trails

A few months ago, I heard about a local woman, Jodi Hiland, who had started a hiking club for kids and their adults. Jodi is creating something so valuable. And I love what she wrote in her email newsletter today:

It's so interesting how this economy thing has shaken up the way our culture does everything. I sometimes wonder how we'll look back on these past several decades. Years from now, we'll probably be sitting around with our children's children, telling the story: "Many years ago, people went away from nature, and we forgot who we really were. There came a great collective sadness, and we also forgot that we were connected to each other.

"We began to look to other things to make us happy, and our world became sick. Suddenly, it was too much, and a cosmic re-set button was pushed. We were forced to let go of those things we thought made us whole, and had to re-learn how to be with ourselves, our neighbors, and the Earth. Now, because we embraced this balance, we are truly free."

Check out Happy Trails Family Nature Club at (and be sure to sign up for the newsletter)!

1 comment:

  1. It is interesting that you are writing about this, as I was just now listening to an audio feed of a lecture given at today's Westminster Forum in Minnespolis ... the topic was "downtime" and reconnecting with the earth, ourselves, our lives, and each other. As you suggest here, it is important that we, as adults, not only practice this for ourselves, but also that we model this concept for our children.