In 1845, writer Henry David Thoreau began a two-year experiment to live more simply on the shores of Walden Pond. He wanted to increase his appreciation for nature and escape from the modern world. His experiment led to the writing of Walden, also called Life in the Woods.
Where is your Walden?
Where is the place you go for solitude? For thinking? For creative endeavors?
I think it’s important to have a place to escape to for renewal, to be reenergized, to think, to create, and to relax. You don’t have to move there for two years and grow your own fruits and vegetables and bathe in a pond like Thoreau did.
My Walden is in a tiny little town in North Central Florida on a lake.
It’s where I do a lot of my writing, creative thinking, and planning for my business. I’m writing this blog post here now. I have been coming to this hidden paradise since I was 14, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I started staying for extended periods of time.
This past summer, I was here for 3 weeks for a family vacation then a writing retreat.
Time seems to almost stand still here. There are few distractions. I love sitting on the dock where I eat all of my meals and do a lot of thinking. I am inspired by the quiet, invigorated by the beauty, and comforted by the silence. It speaks to my soul.
Where’s your Walden? Do you escape there often for renewal, relaxation, and rejuvenation?
My hunch is that if you have a Walden, you probably don’t visit it enough.
Make plans today to get away.
(With 2023 right around the corner, block out some time for planning and executing your personal strategic growth plan. In next week’s post, I will give you some tools for making your pause for thinking productive.)