Journal: 12-22-2019 | “Finer Details”

“Our tools are better than we are, and grow better faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides, but they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history, to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.” Engineering and Conservation, The River of the Mother of God (Aldo Leopold)


Whatever one says about an outdoor venture, the beauty of a “moment” spent hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. is this:

No two people experience a particular moment in nature the same way.

They’ll hear the same birdsong, the wind out of the north will caress their cheeks with the same fortune-telling fingers, the frost along the water’s edge will reflect the same decoy gloves…but no two heartbeats will ever capture that moment in the same rhythm.

What one person absorbs, another might dismiss. What one person thrills at, another might disregard. And, even though those two people will both walk out of the woods or the stand or the mountains feeling like they connected spiritually with a few seconds of autumn sunshine, neither will write the story on their hearts the same.

What details do you study? What makes your heart race?

• The way an animal moves? • The way the moon changes their behavior? • The way your favorite spot glows in the golden-hour? • The superstitious ways of your hunting buddy? • The smell of rain on oak leaves? • Breeding patterns? • Analyzing gear? • Listening for God’s voice between volleys or at each twist and turn, stepping over decaying branches dotted in fungi?

Whatever “finer things” make your soul come alive, I hope 2020 allows you the opportunity for more of it. 


One Comment on “Journal: 12-22-2019 | “Finer Details”

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