Thoughts From The Wilderness – Advice From A Moose

advicemooseAlthough not found generally around our “old homestead”, drive north of an hour or so and moose can be quite plentiful. Having said that, the odd one will wander off the beaten path and end up in our area, happily munching on the lush greenery in some unsuspecting person’s backyard.

In fact, during the springtime, as the snow is melting, moose in Algonquin Park(located about 2 hours from us) will often congregate in the roadside ditches to eat the sodium-rich vegetation found there.

The plants and such in the ditches become sodium or salt saturated due to the road salt that is spread on the roadways during the snowy winter season.

Over the course of the winter, moose become sodium starved or deficient, so in the spring, the roadside ditches along Highway 60 are somewhat like a buffet and sodium-rich brunch to these massive beasts.

A drive through Algonquin along Highway 60 in spring, it is not unheard of to see ten to twenty moose munching away just of the roadway in a 50-kilometre stretch.

An adult male can weigh in the range of 850 to 1500 pounds(385 to 680 kilograms) and stand upwards of 6.5 feet(2 metres) at the shoulders.

Such a huge animal must have a wealth of advice and information to impart on us somewhat lesser built and sized humans.

Advice From A Moose

Think Big

It doesn’t matter how big, just think bigger than you’re currently thinking.

Spend Some Time In The Woods

There is plenty of research out there documenting the benefits of time spent in the woods.

  • improve blood pressure
  • boost mental health and wellness
  • improvements to the immune system
  • increases energy levels
  • improved sleep

Find some green space and get on out there. You’ll thank yourself that you did.

Eat Plenty Of Greens

Too much of one thing generally isn’t good for you. Although, eating plenty of greens is likely a good thing in the long run.

The key here is to look after yourself.

Doctors and wellness-practitioners have been touting something akin to this for years: “Eat a balanced diet; exercise every day and get plenty of rest.”

Good advice – eat plenty of greens.

Hold Your Head Up High

You have so much to offer the world as part of your story, and as such, there is no reason on earth for you to go around with your eyes pointed downwards.

Be proud of who you are; what you’ve accomplished so far; and what you will accomplish in the future.

Head your head up high. You deserve too!

Stay On Track

In this day and age, it is more than easy to fall off track or to get distracted by the often chaotic world that spins around us.

To get to where we’re going we need to stay on track and focused on the trip in front of us and the destination we’re heading towards. It may be a simple as a savings plan for an upcoming vacation or more a more complex track in terms of our career or employment opportunities.

Regardless, of what the track looks like, in order to get to the destination we need to put one foot in front of the other; keep our focus and strive each day to be closer than we were the day before.

Keep your focus – stay on track.

Keep Your Nose Clean

Not bad advice from a purely medical perspective I guess. You can interpret this one any way you like too.

It’s Okay To Be A Little Wild!

Go and let your hair down and have some fun.

DSC_1045Work each day to expand and move out of the middle of your comfort zone. Add another new experience into your life as often as you can.

Try something “crazy” like eating food from a different country; or taking in a movie(that you wouldn’t normally think about seeing) at a film festival; how about a last-minute and unscheduled weekend road trip?

Remember, it is okay to be a little wild once in a while and colour outside the lines.

Seven small, but important pieces of advice that each one of us can implement into our lives today:

  • think big
  • spend some time in the woods
  • eat plenty of greens
  • hold your head up high
  • stay on track
  • keep your nose clean
  • it’s okay to be a little wild!

 

—  get outdoors’ find inspiration; discover yourself  —

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