January 1, 2020
Thanks to an unseasonably warm day for January in Missouri we (the family and the dog) and some friends got out to hike at Babler State Park today for a couple hours. It was a great way to start off the new year. Hiking is something I want to do more this year.
When we got home I read the passage below from Niall Williams - author of This is Happiness:
“I mean, what do you do to be happy?”
The question was a novelty to him and he considered it from all sides before answering.
“When I want a holiday,” he said at last, “I go over the road as far as the meadow. I go in there, take off my jacket, and lay down on it. I watch the world turning for a bit, with me still in it.”He smiled then, and held me in his blue Atlantic eyes, full of the ordinary wisdom of a well-lived life, a wisdom that saw the many failings of the world but our still breathing and dreaming in it, and with a conclusive nod that defeated all arguments said, “That’s happiness.”
My “going over the road and laying down in the meadow” is a hike in the woods. That’s happiness to me.