This picture was taken exactly a week ago today about two miles from my house on a section of the Millennium Trail near Fairfield Road. As I had mentioned in my previous post, the sun was shining and the weather had lightened up just enough to make a bike ride seem like a pleasant idea. I tend to take full advantage of the nice days we get, especially with another dreadful winter heading our way.
The scene featured in the snapshot is of a section of Squaw Creek, which twists and turns its way all around Lake County. The icy waterway knives through the trees and brush in such a way to create a peaceful scene, letting one know that cold weather is on the horizon, but that there is still much more to enjoy in the time leading up to it.
I will be the first to admit that the cold has been on my mind, but so have a number of other things. I have always been a thinker, as I have a very hard time turning my thoughts off. My thought process about everything is a constant stream, and I think my fellow thinkers would agree with me when I say that this can become very frustrating at times. Can I just turn them off for an hour? How about five minutes? Can I get five minutes of peace and quiet?
The sad thing is, we will never get what we ask for. Thinkers will never not have something going on in their head, which may be bad news for some, but for others, this very characteristic is something to be valued. Did you ever stop and wonder why you were this way? It could be negative, meaning you have trouble letting go of things that are not really right for you, but it could also be positive, in that you are so passionate about everything in your life that all you want is for happiness to take over.
Whether negative or positive, all of your thinking leads to a magical place called Growth. This is a place where you not only learn about the world around you, but also find out who you really are as a person. This is a place everyone wants to be, and all the frustration will be worth it if you make it to the desired destination. No one ever said the road would be easy. They said it would be worth it.
When you stop thinking, you stop growing.