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Be of Good Cheer

Marlene - Kintla Lake, Glacier National ParkOn a recent walk around the pristine waters of Kintla Lake, my family and I passed an older woman and her son. They were slower than we were, and they graciously stepped aside to let us pass. Pleasantries were exchanged and I noticed the cheerful expression on the womanís face. In that moment, as our eyes met, I was reminded to be of good cheer. Not because I felt sad, but because I was reminded that lifeís challenges sometimes present us with opportunities to practice and improve our character.

Iíve been told I seem happier living in Montana. Perhaps so, as I feel a sense of finally coming home after a long absence. Itís also possible that, because of the natural beauty of my surroundings, I find it easier to connect with my spiritual side. Life here brings fulfillment and a sense of well being. Whether atop a mountain, beside a stream, or simply listening to birds chirping in my backyard, I can get lost in a daydream of wonderment. Through an openness to observe and appreciate, the simplest and seemingly ordinary become extraordinary.

Admittedly, I am not the cheerful-type and have been told from little up that I am too serious. Maybe so, because as I passed those people on the trail I thought of all of the meaningless things I give importance. I also thought of my children and the frustration Iíve felt over minor things. Then, my thoughts turned to gratitude and I began to count my blessings.

Yes, getting back to nature gives us balance and often brings us closer to our true selves. We  rediscover the richness of life in a flower, a snowflake, or butterfly.

As far as Kintla Lake, it is truly magnificent.  As Henry David Thoreau says in Walden, "A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature."





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