The Deer Stand Is Where We Learn About Ourselves
Non-hunters often have great difficulty understanding what would possess an otherwise normal individual to sit in a tree stand for hours on end waiting patiently for a deer to pass. To be perfectly honest, everyone has their own reasons for doing it. Early in one’s career the motivation to score on a trophy animal can be so compelling it becomes reason alone. Later, however, after hundreds if not thousands of hours waiting silently, I do believe many hunters just “feel” it is the right place to be when the autumnal winds start blowing.
Yesterday I saw this little inset picture (wisdom) and found it to be so utterly perfect. Indeed, in silence is when we learn so much about ourselves. Deer hunting (as well as many other forms) is an exercise about waiting. It’s takes determination to rise hours before most other folks on a weekend to pursue the passion. It takes a desire to accomplish something that takes both skill and luck without ever a guarantee of success.
Oh yeah, hunters learn a lot about themselves. The time for introspection can have a profound impact on one’s life. I know. For it was in the deer stand twice in my life I mustered the courage to tell an employer I was moving on. Time for greener pastures. Time to make a change and let go of what had become comfortable in life to seek new opportunities and adventure.
The deer stand will do that to you.
I think the deer stand will also help “reset” your life or put things back into proper perspective. In today’s fast-paced world this is more important than ever before. I know from personal experience that far too often life has you running seemingly nonstop almost to the point of exhaustion. A little “me time” is often the cure for this ailment.
So, when you are in the tree stand considering life, weighing lofty decisions, reminiscing on friendships, contemplating that new truck purchase, taking a mental health break from the kids, putting the stress of work behind you, and simply unwinding with some peace and quiet, consider this. Time spent in the deer stand helps to recharge your life’s batteries.
When your phone is running on empty, you never quite know if you’ll have enough “juice” left to get you by until the next recharge. For me, hunting season is my life re-charge. It affords me the opportunity to step back, slow down life just a bit, and do plenty of evaluating on both where I’ve been, but more importantly on where I am going if I so choose to walk that path.
Speaking of walking that path. Did you know that yesterday was my official 10th anniversary for this blog. Yes, indeed, I didn’t care to make a big deal of it…but with this blog post I am now officially starting a new decade of blogging.
You can be sure that when I am out in the deer woods this fall contemplating all there is about my life, part of that learning about myself will involve what I am doing with this blog. Ten years…can you believe it! In case you’re wondering, HERE was my very first post.
It’s fair to say the act of blogging also forces a person to learn a lot about themselves. Yet, the genesis for nearly all of these efforts begins with precious time spent in the woods learning about who you really are. For once you discover and understand you, the rest of the world comes into much clearer focus.
Tell me about your time spent in the woods discovering about yourself.