It was a day in late December.
The Christmas tree had been taken down.
The lights and decorations had been boxed up
and put in the closet
until next year.
And I was feeling a little blue
I sure wasn’t looking forward to the long, cold, dark Winter to come.
I had always been a light lover on the inside.
I tried to take comfort
in knowing that
a few more minutes of daylight was being added each day,
but I still felt tired
and run down.
I was both surprised and delighted then
when I looked out my window
and saw that a Spring-like day had suddenly arrived.
The temperatures quickly soared into the sixties
and the sun was shining down on the earth
with a loving light.
I could hear the neighborhood children outside playing in the warm air.
I smiled when I saw them
and my inner child longed to be out there
and playing games as well.
I leashed my dogs
for their afternoon walk
hoping to enjoy some of the sunshine myself.
As I was about to head out the door, however,
I decided to do something a little different.
I reached down
and pulled my shoes and socks off.
I hadn’t been barefoot outside since the Summer.
I slowly stepped out
on the cool, damp grass.
It felt so alive under my feet.
I laughed as I walked along.
I remembered something I once read too
"Walk as if you were kissing the earth with your feet."
And with each step, I did so.
My walk felt sacred and holy.
I felt a oneness with the world
and the love of nature all around me.
With love in my heart
I thanked nature for the gift of this day
and no longer dreaded the Winter to come.
All of us are walking through this life.
But it is up to each of us how we do so.
Are you going to stumble and stomp
and complain with each step you take?
are you going to kiss the earth with your feet
and nature with your heart?
The choice is yours.
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