Mark's Friday Waypoints

Friday Waypoints – 9/28/18


As I explained in a previous blog, Waypoints are significant events or moments from my past week that help me stay oriented as to where I am and where I’m going.

The Last Week of Summer

It’s good to reflect on the passing of the seasons. Last week was the last week of Summer and we experienced the Autumnal Equinox the previous Friday. When I ask people about Fall, they generally either love it or hate it. No in-between. I’m one of those that love it. But I want to encourage you to take a few moments and reflect on this Summer. Savor it for a few moments. Stop reading and think about the important dates, holidays, events, places, people, or moments that you remember. For me, it is the Jefferson Forest where I hike every Saturday. It is my birthday and it is my granddaughters that I get to visit every three months and I saw in July. It was the images of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn that I spied one evening with people that I care about. I don’t want to lose these memories. Thoreau wrote, “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
I’m certain he meant, “Don’t allow your life (the seasons) to pass you by without a little reflection.”

Book I read this Week

I was excited to read Sarah Ivens’ new book, “Forest Therapy.” Those of you that know me know that I love being outdoors and I love the forest. I’ll be backpacking next weekend in the Red River Gorge. I wrote a full review on her book that you can read here. Her book reminded me of an interview on Tim Ferris’ podcast of Art De Vany. Art is an economist and a really smart guy. He’s in his 80’s. Perfect health. Tim asked him what advice he would give to people that are suffering from depression. He responded, “Spend time in the woods.” I think that Sarah Ivens would agree.

Music I’m listening to

I discovered Inya’s new album. “Dark Sky Island” really isn’t new. It came out in 2015, but I just missed it until now. It had been 8 years since her last album. She is Ireland’s bestselling solo artist. She’s sold 75 million albums worldwide. The song that I love is, “So I could find My Way.” I hope you enjoy it.

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