Monday, June 21, 2010

"Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast..."

To all those who work desk jobs (or to anyone who spends too much time indoors); you will empathize:

Today, I have been writing an appeal all day; it is extremely warm outside; I live in Georgia, and I ran for the first time in 7 days. I miss the fall; the cool spring, and its breezes and flowers; I miss the peaks, and trails. To not sound anymore cliche, I leave all with a favorite quote from Edward Abbey

"One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards." Edward Abbey

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