Indiana has been fortunate enough to have some beautiful weather for early December. I took advantage of such weather and my local park and went for a walk. It is moments like this that the technology of today enhances walks. With phone and earbuds in hand I was able to listen to a book and photograph my walk. I had never walked this path to the end. Not being fully aware of my town and its surroundings I got a surprise.
Apparently there is a small lake and dam that I had not idea about. Mixed with the warm sun, a slight Fall breeze, solitude and the sound of a dam in the distance I feel even more in love with my small city. It is filled with beauty, great restaurants, personality and lovely shops. I recently left a difficult job so I have had lots of time for some soul searching as I seek my next career adventure. Despite job offers out of state I decided that to settle in to my little city and enjoy my new marriage. While it is difficult and scary to face several big life changes in the matter of a few months the simplicity of walk has the ability to ease the mind for a bit. Admittedly, I am very hard on myself. It is a rare moment where I feel 100% at ease. This walk was one of those rare moments.
I walked an empty path, listened to an audiobook, observed nature and let my mind be EMPTY.
It was bliss. Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp feeling in the air. The colors. The crunching sound of leaves on the ground. It has always been my favorite. On this particular walk I enjoyed watching the ducks in the river. There were many living the duckish life that day.
If you have been introduced to the wonder of audiobooks I encourage you to give it a try. It was a difficult transition for me; I will admit. On two different occasions I remember trying them out and not going back. I began listening to podcasts and nonfiction audiobooks. At this point I could not listen to fiction audiobooks because I could not stay focused. Now, my preference is fiction. It was a big surprise to me because I really fought against listening to my books. I was a staunch traditionalist when it came to reading. Now I would be absolutely lost without my audiobooks. It was key to allowing me to empty my head and take in the beauty around me.