For the first winter since moving to Barrie, I am finding ways to truly appreciate the beauty, splendour and unique benefits of my surroundings rather than wishing I'd taken off with the Canada Geese.
For example, I hadn't experienced the fun and adventure of snowshoeing in the moonlight, which has now become a much anticipated weekly outing.
I also got over my conviction that foraying into the wild during business hours would be a luxury I couldn't indulge in if I wanted to get things done.
It's amazing how much more energetic and alive one feels getting out and being with the wind, sun, snow, and barren trees.
The outdoors is the place where I can best connect to myself and everything around me. It is the place where inspiration and understanding is born.
I recently interviewed herpetologist Tim Shields. This gentleman provides the perfect example of the kind of inspiration and understanding I am talking about. He has spent much of the last 35 years separated from his own species while studying tortoises in the desert of Southern California and has acquired a great deal of wisdom through this experience.
This interview marks the launch of the Leaders' Call to Adventure Interview Series, born out of the telesummit held in fall 2011. As well as offering free downloads of the interviews so you can listen to them at your convenience on your ipod or smartphone, the series will feature thought leaders actively involved in creating a connected and sustainable future on our planet -- inspiring ways to evolve a global economy which acknowledges our interdependence as part of the family of life or as Tim Shields says, "our life support system".
Listen to the interview. Right-click to download.
I believe we can rise to our personal and societal challenges by embracing the spirit of adventure and the enduring wisdom of nature.