weekly photo challenge: serenity

January 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm 12 comments

eiffel tower
location: bourges, france
“life is difficult.” that’s how m. scott peck, author of the road less traveled, began his famous book.

“this is a great truth,” he continued. “it is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. once we truly know that life is difficult — once we truly understand and accept it — then life is no longer difficult. because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

when times get tough and give us the feeling that enough is enough, we need to find a way to cope from it all. some do it by wasting themselves in liquor or drugs. some do it by talking to themselves or to imaginary people. some do it by taking their own lives and the lives of others. some do it by taking a walk or hike literally or figuratively. i guess we do whatever works. but like most of you, i belong to the latter category.

walking or hiking is good for our health and well-being. for one thing, it helps clear our mind of excess baggage and regain its flexibility. it’s especially true when we step into nature and open ourselves to its wonder and amazing grace. it’s indeed the best route to take when we want our sanity and serenity back.

the above picture was taken while hiking in the marshland of bourges, considered the greenest city in france. a city proud of its ancient past, it used to be the capital of the province of aquitaine at the end of the roman empire. it’s located in the loire valley in central france about two and a half hour drive from paris.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sustainabilitea  |  January 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I’m a walker myself, so I appreciate this.


    • 2. plaridel  |  January 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm


      thank you. glad to find another walker.

  • 3. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder  |  January 17, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Serenity indeed… 🙂

    • 4. plaridel  |  January 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm


      thank you. 🙂

  • 5. Suzanne Joshi  |  January 17, 2015 at 3:18 am

    It looks like a lovely place to walk, Plaridel, peaceful and quiet. Good photo. 🙂 — Suzanne

    • 6. plaridel  |  January 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm


      i wish i could go back there someday. 🙂

  • 7. Jordan Walsh  |  January 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Love the photo!

    • 8. plaridel  |  January 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm


      it was a lovely place. you could point and shoot any spot and it would be good.

  • 9. jimholroyd365  |  January 17, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Lovely serene shot, walking is also good for stimulating our creative minds. Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf both walked a lot to fuel their creativity.

    • 10. plaridel  |  January 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm


      totally agree with you. walking is also one of man’s or woman’s greatest pleasures.

  • 11. emilayskie  |  January 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Exactly what I need today. I won’t go hiking but I will look for that book you mentioned. Thank you!

    • 12. plaridel  |  January 19, 2015 at 9:30 am


      i read that it’s a favorite of former governor grace padaca, too.


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