Z Marks the End of the #AtoZ Blog Challenge


 Chris Heeter – Guest

I can think of no better way to mark the end of the Challenge than with poet, Chris Heeter, founder of The Wild Institute, a national organization committed to connecting people to nature, themselves, and each other. Thank you Chris for your poetry that means so much to me, and for your ministry connecting us to The Wild.

In the gamut of human emotions,                                                                                                              sometimes all that is left                                                                                                                   is to find a rock in the woods.                                                                                                           To sit, feet firmly on the earth,                                                                                                         and to breath.

Taking in the sounds too often muted                                                                                             by noise or thought.                                                                                                                                        Feeling the progression of heat                                                                                                                 as sun slowly warms tired backs.

And slow ourselves until we remember                                                                                                       that we, too, are part of this wild earth.                                                                                                 Destined to live and love,                                                                                                                          to experience great joy and deep sorrow.

At times we know only this:                                                                                                                     that the sun will appear again tomorrow to warm us,                                                                            and that the earth will hold us tenderly as we make our way.

co-about2Chris organizes and guides Wild Institute trips: kayaking in Baja, dog sledding in northern Minnesota, canoeing in Ontario, hiking and paddling in the canyons of Utah. She is a sought after leadership speaker bringing Wild to people and workplaces. You can reach her at the address below and subscribe to Wild Thoughts where she posts her poetry.

The Wild Institute                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       763-479-3954                                                                                           chris@thewildinstitute.com

THANK YOU for visiting throughout the #Challenge.  ‘Follow me’ to stay connected. My prayer for all of us…… ‘that the earth will hold us tenderly as we make our way.’                                                                                                                                               

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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8 Responses to Z Marks the End of the #AtoZ Blog Challenge

  1. Harliqueen says:

    A great end to the challenge. Well done for surviving it! 😀

  2. Congratulations, Steph (uh, can I call you Steph?) I’m still writing my letters and won’t probably be completely done by tomorrow…

  3. Linda McDade says:

    I love staying connected with you ! Congratulations on a job well done!

  4. What a great post! Beautiful poetry. I’m so happy to have linked up and I look forward to your future posts!

  5. wordstock16 says:

    I enjoyed the imagery in the poem. I know exactly what it feels like to find a rock and let the sun warm my back. I am already following you so I won’t miss anything. Thanks for the comments on my post.

  6. kristin says:

    ‘that the earth will hold us tenderly as we make our way.’ That is the wish. Congratulations on finishing the challenge and thank you for visiting my blog.

  7. pbmgarden says:

    You met the challenge and more. Great accomplishment Stepheny.

  8. Kaushik says:

    Congratulations on completing the Challenge. Happy to have met you though the AtoZ Challenge. Cheers

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