“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
How beautiful John’s words are — and how true! When I spent time in Vermont recently, the green mountains worked their magic on me, leaving me feeling relaxed and refreshed.
So often, we get caught up, not just in our own routines, but in our own routes and ruts. We tend to travel the same way on our errands and walk the same way on our walks — I do, at least. But while consistency can be reassuring and calming, it can also be confining. That’s why it’s so energizing to take a break and see something new.
I can’t really say why, but driving around Vermont and visiting some of the small towns there has a soothing effect on me. Intentionally, I decided to take a break from working on my YA novel while I was away.
My goal was to return to it refreshed and remotivated enough to tackle my next round of changes with loads of enthusiasm and pep. I wanted to let nature’s peace flow into me as “sunshine into trees” and let the winds blow their freshness into me as well. While it’s been tough to retain that feeling, I’m working hard at it. It’s too delicious, delightful, and dangerous to let slip away. Write on!
I’m the reverse at the moment, Karin. Having lived in the countryside for nine years now my way of refreshing and vitalising is to go to the city! We spent a week in London, walking, going to cafes and museums and attending classical concerts almost daily.
Now I’m back in green lung land on the side of a mountain in Wales (and it’s not raining! huzzah!) I appreciate the chance to reflect on our experiences and catch up on my book review blog. And, determined to keep up the good vibes, we went to a classical concert last night! What’s not to like.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I love your country-city connection! I like to mix it up a lot, too. Sometimes I’ll hop on a train into Manhattan and absorb some of that urban energy. One of the wonderful aspects of writing is that creativity is mobile. Everywhere we go and everything we do or see can become part of the worlds we create. What a joyous way to stay connected to all of the universe. I always love hearing from you and wish you the best with your work!
Write on, Karin
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