A Quiet Spot in a State Park in Minnesota
A few weeks ago, I was with my daughter’s family to help them following her surgery. Our two grandsons and I would walk each day in their neighborhood. One of the days, our son-in-law told me we were leaving at 11:00 for a state park an hour away, and he would have a picnic ready for us. We said goodbye and good resting to Allison, and off we went on our adventure.
After hiking downhill to a creek and splashing all around in it, we hiked way up to the top of another hill. There were benches throughout the park and the one near the top of the hill really beckoned us to make a stop. There was a sign nearby that said, “For only by listening with a quiet mind, can we ever fully experience nature.” ~Joseph Cornell. We all stopped and listened. Our two boys, ages 9 and 4, really listened with great intent. One said, “I hear the wind moving the trees” and the other one said, “I hear the wind rustling the trees”. We watched the trees swaying with the wind, and it was such a peaceful spot to rest.
I am pretty sure we would have missed the beauty of the swaying trees and the word “rustling” if we had not made a stop at the intentionally placed bench. May we all take the time to listen with a quiet mind and find a good bench wherever we can.
J.W. of Wisconsin
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