"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."—Henry David Thoreau
When Thoreau escaped the center of Concord, Massachusetts in the 1840s to live in a cabin by Walden Pond, he, like many of us today, was endeavoring to remove himself from the hustle and bustle of modern city life to find space for reflection. He spent two years living in solitude, surrounded by nature, working on what would become his classic, Walden.
One of our core beliefs here at deliberateLIFE is that our relationship to nature and the world around us matters. We believe that there is intrinsic value to spending time outdoors in environments that are untouched by man. Stepping away from our controlled surroundings into expanses too grand to bottle, embrace, or capture in a simple photograph—we can again find ourselves in the quiet, and be reminded that we are only one part of the grand story of the universe.
This issue is our Ode to the Great Outdoors and to the wonderful months of summer. It is the season when those of us in the Northern Hemisphere venture out a little further, for a little longer, to enjoy all that awaits us outside. From summer cocktails in the sun to growing your own rain-fed produce, we hope this issue inspires a few yard-to-table dinner parties and a good deal of laughter with friends.
And because much of summer’s lore is built on the magical warm days of care-free youth, in the Perspectives section various contributors and readers share memories and reflections on summer and the great outdoors. We hope these inspire recollections of your own happy memories of sun–drenched days and motivate you to get out and explore once more.
Our deliberate:TRAVEL section takes us to Asia, where one of our wanderlust writers shows us a window into Cambodia—a stunning country with rich and complex cultural history. We believe travel is a great way to expand one’s horizons while also supporting the local economy, so check out the Visit and Volunteer pages for information on places for you to patronize or volunteer at while in Cambodia.
This summer, keep a journal as you camp, hike, or stroll through a park. You may not end up writing the next Walden Pond but you may find that taking the time to stop and reflect helps reinvigorate, inspire, and sooth the soul. Captured thoughts you’d like to share? Send us an e-mail at hello@deliberateLIFEmag.com.
Here’s to the magic of summer.
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