Sometimes I need to get out. Get out of the house with never ending laundry. Get away from the screen of a computer that sucks me in. Get free from the many shoulds and musts that I carry in my mind. Get a new perspective when I feel frustrated and saddened by others.
In other words, take a hike.
This weekend we did the worlds most painless camping trip. One night only, at a friends farm just 10 minutes from home. Hot dogs, marshmallows. Then mom goes home with baby and they both sleep in real beds. In the morning I brought breakfast and we took a hike in the woods. Nothing special, no caves, natural bridges or historical sights.
Just me and my boys and dirt, rocks, sticks and trees. Beautiful.
It didn't solve the relationship problems, clean my house, or bring back Robin Williams. But somehow a hike always helps me shed a little of the weight of this world.
I cant really explain how. My circumstances haven't changed, just the way I view them. I think seeing all of creation helps me know I am held by the Creator. All these things that burden me are not greater than Him. It is all in his hands.