outdoors, rivers, What I'm missing right now

Do not burn yourselves out

I love this picture of the middle-fork of the Snoqualmie River because it keeps things kinda in balance.

And this writing by Edward Abbey  goes right along with the pic.

“Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast . . . a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic.

Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the  lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over those desk-bound men with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators.

I promise you this: you will outlive them.”

Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Jesus said it perfectly when he instructed us to come apart so we don’t come apart.

Mark 6:31 “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while:”


2 thoughts on “Do not burn yourselves out

  1. One often wonders if Edward ever experienced the whispering of the Spirit in his ear while spending his life outdoors.
    I run a retreat center on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River where we try to provide space for folks to experience the whispering of the Spirit of God. Providing a place apart so folks don’t “come apart”.
    A place of peace and solitude for reconnecting, reconnecting to our faith, family and friends. We should heed the words of Mark 6:31 and find a place to rest a while.

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