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Sometimes simple and familiar is good


I was feeling two conflicting emotions at the same time this morning. Ever happened to you? The adventurous side of me, which worries sometimes that it isn't getting enough expression in my life, was saying, "Look, it's Sunday, you've been working hard, do something bold like going for a hike in the mountains so you know you're really alive."

But another part of me wasn't so sure. It just didn't seem to want to do anything too exciting or dramatic at all. I went and sat for a few minutes with JoAnn, always a good idea if I need a little help clarifying my mind about something.

She was working on a new sewing project, and of course said, as she always does, that I must decide for myself what to do. But she suggested that the past few days had been particularly exciting and challenging for me – working on a new book project that could possibly make a difference to our lives if it all works out -- and perhaps what I really needed was simply to relax and let things settle down a bit.

I decided to gas up the car, a fairly safe step. But then, as I finished filling up the tank, I thought to myself, "Why not just go for a walk by the creek and be nourished and soothed by something simple that won't need a lot of exertion?"

I sat down on a bench beside the creek

So I drove home, walked down the little hill at the back of our property and sat down on a bench to listen to the sweet sound of the creek. In just a few moments a chickadee – one of my favorite birds – began to sing, and I saw a blue jay, the first one I've seen this year.

I met friendly people. I met friendly dogs. I sat on a rock beside a small waterfall. I saw daffodils getting ready to bloom. It was a simple little adventure. And yet I knew it was just right. It was what I needed to do.

I felt fulfilled, rested and nourished

I felt fulfilled, and rested. I felt nourished.

Sometimes life demands that we be bold, and daring, and take a huge step into the unknown regardless of any uncertainty or anxiety we may feel, and no matter what the cost may be. There is no guarantee at all things will work out the way we hope they will -- but we sense deep in our bones that our very destiny is at stake.

And sometimes simple and familiar is good. Oh, so good. May we have the wisdom to know what really needs to be done in any particular situation, and may our lives prosper because of it.

I send love and blessings and hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful week. If you enjoyed this post please share it with a friend.

Picture credit:  Happyludo



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sheila March 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Good day Christopher
You know I love this post !! 🙂
Simple little adventures… but I have a feeling you enjoyed a lot of sounds and sights while sitting on that bench. The same would be while sitting on a large rock on the beach and just look around at the landscape or listen to the music of nature. Sometimes we need to take advantage of that bench or rock, sit back and simply enjoy what has been put in front of us… even better when its not man made.


Christopher Foster March 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Sheila, you’re an angel, did I ever tell you that? Gosh, I only published this new post an hour or so ago it seems to me. I had a nudge a little while ago to take a look at my email, and there you were.

I’m so happy to share this moment of communion with you. Happiness. I sometimes think if we are happy already, it doesn’t take much to make us even happier (hint! a tree. A bird. A beach!) But if we’re not happy already, it may take a ton of money or time or energy, a major event of some kind to make us happy. And even then we may discover to our chagrin we’re still not as happy as we would like.

Personally, I am just so thankful (though it took me almost 80 years) to realize we don’t have to look for happiness anywhere. It’s who we are. It’s our true nature. Bye and thank you Sheila.


sheila March 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Good day Christopher
Well I am compelled to another comment just because …
So many people put so much into that so called much needed time off or vacation… Im sure as much in the US as in Canada because of our lifestyles… lifestyles that we all think every one is doing….
Well news to everyone…. we aren’t, some of us don’t live up to the Jones…. some of us don’t live for our careers or BIG MAC HOUSES….
Some of us really do appreciate the sound of nature….the music of nature truth be told. The brilliance of pure unbroken pieces of landscape that no human has touched…. the peacefulness that consumes ones body if they let it in…
One can pay thousands of dollars to get away.. to destress from their daily lives… I do feel sorry for those I really do….
I have been to Denver… and yes you can get the same sense of satisfaction, the same sense of de-stress or inner peace even in a city as Denver….
I am thankful for where I live as it’s truly mostly untouched by man…. but I know too could find that inner peace and enjoyment where you live too…
We all have to understand it doesn’t take take thousands of dollars for time out to de stress or simply enjoy a quiet moment….it’s as simple as allowing ourselves to sit on a park bench and drink in life….
We always say children are sponges… adults should allow themselves that pleasure too….take it all in …simply enjoy it for what it is… a park bench might cost you a bit of discomfort if you sit on it too long… but for your mind its priceless at no cost
That’s my thought for tonight….

Barbara March 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm

My life is really changing. Simplifying itself in some ways, getting newer dimensions in other ways. It is an interesting journey for sure. I do not have a creek, but I do have the ocean and the unending waves. Thank you for you introspective thoughts. They always get my mind off and exploring.
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Christopher Foster March 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

Thanks for sharing Barbara. And good to catch up a bit on your doings. I resonate with all you say, and especially when you speak of the changes going on in your life. It sure does seem as if change is on the move and who can stop it? And yet there’s a paradox too, I have a sense that even as change gets more intense a door opens where we can become more conscious of something in ourselves that doesn’t change.

Part of me misses the ocean a bit to be honest but…a creek does have its charm and its own unique blessings. Blessings to you Barbara.


charlie March 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

oh yes! especially when it’s my grand-nephew who was born 6 days ago – I’m a life-long batch- but it’s so NICE to have a ‘family’ to look after. 🙂


Christopher Foster March 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

That’s great Charlie. Splendid. I’m happy with you to hear about your grand-nephew, what’s the little guy’s name? Blessings to you and him and do a good job now of looking after him.


Nadeja Gerasimow March 26, 2012 at 5:01 am

AAHHH! I rest with you as I read your words Chris. I live near a lake and there are places where the public can sit on benches, picnic etc… I love to walk there (about 45 minutes) and sit by the lake. So much to see! Geese flying north, sea gulls fishing, waves coming endlessly to the shore, clouds moving by, breezes blowing, people walking by… I know just what you mean!
Blessings and love to you,


Christopher Foster March 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

Nadeja, thank you so much, you evoke YOUR setting so well and it sounds utterly delightful. But look. That’s a good little walk. You must be in shape right? I could see the geese and the sea gulls and the clouds and waves and people…. our lives are more magical than we sometimes realize aren’t they.


Bette Fannon March 26, 2012 at 5:11 am

lovely write up – being in the moment is perfect. Bette


Christopher Foster March 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

Thank you Bette. It’s lovely to hear from you again. Take care.


Trefor March 26, 2012 at 5:58 am

Thankyou for your sharing, your posts are most appreciated and I like the simplicity in which you express your knowing, it resonates well.
Thought you might like to see this……..


Trefor March 26, 2012 at 6:03 am

Sometimes it’s not so simple.
This is the link I wanted you to see………
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Christopher Foster March 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

Trefor, this is one of the most gorgeous videos I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention and I recommend it most strongly to anyone browsing these comments. Both the words and images really soar. I loved Louie’s words at one point, “We protect what we fall in love with,” and the words of the little child and the elderly gentleman. Wow. Talk about wisdom.

Be well Trefor. And thank you for the gift you bring into this world.


Noch Noch | be me. be natural. March 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

oh so true!! sometimes we don’t need to plan too much and just do what is comfortable for us!
good luck on the book project too 🙂
Noch Noch
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Christopher Foster March 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

Thank you Noch. It’s always a real joy to hear from you. I send you blessings and love and hope all goes very well for you.


Elizabeth Nunn March 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

Perfect. Those of us with lingering “drive patterns” often forget to stop and smell the roses. Recently, I’ve been using the idea of “retreat, repair, prepare” and have shared it with others who were, rightly so for the times, human helpers. I ask myself the question, “Is this mine to do?” and am often hearing the answer of, “No, let it go”.

As a front-line, in-the-trenches social worker for over 35 years, retreating and repairing myself is a relatively new experience. The learning curve has been difficult, I’ll admit, and it’s taken me years to reach this point of repair. For the moment, I’m only doing what is enjoyable to me with a strong commitment to stop old patterns from driving my life. Thanks, Chris, for reminding me to find my own “stream” and let life flow.


Christopher Foster March 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm

What a fascinating and inspiring process you describe here Elizabeth. Thank you so much for sharing your own experience and the changes you have been making in your own approach to life. I love the notion you invoke here, “retreat, repair and prepare,” and most of all I applaud your actions in bringing a greater balance into your life. I find in my own life this calls for a ton of vigilance and yet balance is surely a vital characteristic of our true nature and of the universe in which we live. Blessings to you Elizabeth.


Galen Pearl March 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I love simple! Sitting by the creek at my cabin with a cup of hot tea, watching my grandson sleep, rubbing my old dog’s soft ears. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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Christopher Foster March 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

It sounds paradisal to me Galen (hope I spelled that right:-) What more could a guy or a girl ask for?


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