Sunday, April 20, 2008

"Creative Recreation"

"It takes will power and determination in today's world to take a day off to hike, to become tired yet refreshed through physical effort in the setting of the beauty and quietness of nature. Physical tiredness and mental and nervous tiredness are not the same thing. Exercise such as walking where the atmosphere is totally different from one's daily surroundings, and where the beauty of nature captures one's interest and thoughts, can do more to rest one than sleeping on a couch or bed.....
...This kind of 'rest', a sliding away of the tensions and worries, a change of perspective, an emptying of the mind of the daily schedule, releases creative energy, creative thoughts and ideas....
...It is in nature, among the things which God has created, designed, and brought forth Himself, that we are in the most natural atmosphere to be inspired. Creative ideas are apt to flow in the midst of creativity expressed in God's creation, as one is temporarily separated from the confusion of conflicting voices which would separate us from the simple basic realities of what 'is'--and  this is especially true today, when so much of what man builds, paints and writes, not only has no place for God but has no place for nature or man either."
~Edith Schaeffer The Hidden Art of Homemaking

13 comments:

Courtney said...

lovely picture and post. Thanks~!

Tami said...

Andrea,
I love this book. Thank you for highlighting this wonderful passage. Have a blessed and restful Sunday. In God's Love, Tami

Prairie Chick said...

This is great, and so true! I wrote a quote out from one of our read alouds this week that compliments this....

"There's not an artist since the beginning of the world that hasn't had the same teacher- nature; for there's not a day in the year but that the purest beauty anyone can see is in the world that God made." Mr. Toppan; The Journeyman

I find there is nothing more soothing than the colors and the SOUNDS of nature. The wind in the top of the evergreens, the whisper of poplar leaves, the hum of insects, the gurgling of water.... I am not a "lay me down for an indoor nap" kind of person, but come nice weather hammocks and patio swings are the life for me ;)

L.L. Barkat said...

Oh! I think I recognize that stream. : )

kari jo said...

beautiful reminder.
and do share where you found
that cutest dress for the
'restful outing' :)
love, kj

Elise said...

Oh, love this. *Sigh*. I've finally just ordered the book, having read quotes from it so often... thank you for this reminder. It is a commitment, I must remember that. It might be a little hard, but it's so rewarding. Sending hugs your way, friend!

Terry said...

Beautiful! Thanks, Andrea.

Terry said...

Beautiful! Thanks, Andrea.

Miriam said...

Oooo. I've been wanting to read that book for awhile - I think I'll need to track it down soon. Such beautiful thoughts.

Jen said...

That's so true. Thanks for the reminder. Now, if it would only stop snowing here...

ann kroeker said...

Okay, I'm off to dig up my copy of the book, too, because that's all just too good.

Thanks for taking the time to type it all out.

tonia said...

love that book.

we've been meeting after hubby gets off work to do the same thing. feels wonderful.

AIMEE said...

like ann, I am going to go dig out my copy of the book too b/c that was fabulous!