Two Lessons I’m Learning: LLL and Outdoor Living

There are two life lessons I’m presently learning.

First, is the power of the outdoors and nature.

One of my keywords is L.L.L.

Life Long Learning.

I wish to finish strong in my life and constantly have a learner’s lean.  Eager to listen, learn, and grow.

This corresponds with my three mantras:

  • Stay Curious.
  • Be Amazed.
  • Tell Stories.

Often I call it the “Wow Factor.” Being wowed by life.

Today, I’m sharing two quotes that are resonating in my life.

I’ve been spending more time in the woods and being outside at night. I spent yesterday in my native home of Dry Creek, burning, thinking, walking, and taking in an unforgettable night sky in the low humidity-low light pollution of my corner of Beauregard Parish.

It was good for my soul. Even though I worked hard physically, I left there refreshed.  Refreshed in my soul.  I believe that is what the great naturalist Muir was referring to. The woods brings rest.

So my first lesson I’m learning (or re-learning) is the importance of the outdoors in my being healthy.  And being healthy includes the physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of our lives.


Secondly, I’m leaning so heavily on the promises of God’s word and His presence.  Coming out of my depression battle, I’ve learned again that the words of the Bible are powerful and invigorating.  My key scripture right now is:

In this time of transparency and healing in my life, I’m learning that it’s okay to be weak.  We don’t have to act like we have it all figured out (because no one does).  God’s power does shine best through cracked vessels and healing hearts.

Wishing you a great week.

I’m grateful for the prayers and support of my reading friends,

Curt Iles




  1. Curt, loved this post. It resonates so much with my own walk at this course in my life. Love you and Dede.

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