It begins with unconditional happiness. There isn’t a thing that has to happen before you can be happy, because happiness has been inside of you all along. All you need to do is to embrace it. What are you waiting for?
Imagine a race across a thousand miles of snow covered backcountry. Such a race would challenge the competitors’ endurance, fortitude, and survival skills. The 2015 Iditarod has begun in Alaska and it defines dog sled races.
I asked a musher why he puts himself through such an ordeal. His answer caught me by surprise. He spoke of the bond between the dogs and the musher. The musher tends to the dogs needs first. Only after the dogs are fed, injuries treated, and beds of straw made, does he rest. Still, he rarely sleeps more than a couple of hours at a time. By the end of the race, he has depleted himself to the point of hallucination and collapse.
But that wasn’t all he said about the Iditarod. With a twinkle in his eye he spoke of the long hours spent in wild places…places unchanged by man. As an old backpacker, I understood exactly what he meant. We have surrounded ourselves with civilization. The backcountry nurtures a part of us that is neglected in civilized places. Fortunately, there is still plenty of backcountry to fill our need for wild places.
To the places unchanged by man.
Food is Medicine
A well-stocked kitchen is your apothecary. Fill it with foods that nourish your mind, body, and spirit. For example, the evidence is mounting that Strawberries and Blueberries are super foods packed with enough antioxidants to keep your eyes sparkling for a long time. We love to toss them with raw honey and almond extract for a simple dish that leaves everyone wanting more. To Your Good Health.
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