This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Well, here we are. The day that we have to leave one of our most favorite parks ever, Pocahontas State Park in Virginia.
And although it brings a little bit of sadness, it doesn’t take away the great time we had here, or any of my handsome. And isn’t that what matters?
Good things make you feel so alive. And good people make the good things even better. Out of all of our camps that we have visited, this place was special because of the people here like the Ranger who made us peanut butter brownies, and left a package of candy and lavender and more brownies at our door!
And did I mention the brownies? Are there good people left in the world? There sure are.
After the beginning of last week when everything went wrong that could have gone wrong, this week, everything that could have went right went right. It was such a wonderful feeling to have peace. Oh, we take peace for granted sometimes, don’t we?
Good weather, fall breezes, long hikes, pretty lakes and finding poplar trees in the woods were all here in this Virginia place.
You know, it’s amazing when you can simply walk a little slower to appreciate more things around you.
It’s like when I get up every morning, I make sure to appreciate myself a little longer in the mirror on a Monday. It is necessary for the week. And as we simply took it a little easier this week, it’s like the sun seemed brighter. The leaves seemed to crackle more under our feet. The birds were singing a little louder. And the trees stretched up taller to the sky.
Something like a poplar tree can make you stop and think for a moment. Even when your stomach is growling and you want breakfast. The poplar tree is one of the most fastest growing trees in the world. Even though they grow so fast, they can still live to be 200-300 years old.
Yet, some people grow them to make them into things like furniture, so some won’t get to live that long. But the most happy poplar trees I think are the ones like we found in the woods. They may not be as popular as a poplar tree in a neighborhood. They may not have as many people looking at them. But they don’t need to be a popular poplar tree. Because they are happy with themselves. And the only opinion that they get is from themselves. And they are happy with the tree that they are, even though they won’t grow up to be a picnic table or even a bench. They won’t even be a bango or a guitar.
There is a lot to be said about being happy with yourself and who you are. It’s a nice feeling, take it from me. Peace can be all around us. But if we don’t have peace with ourself, well, you won’t ever fully enjoy it. We all deserve to be the best we can be. But only we…ourselves…can make that happen.
So as we continue on our journey and continue to learn from all that the earth has to teach us, yes, even poplar trees in the woods of Virginia, we hope that you will continue to learn about yourself too.
Sometimes, there are things that we have to let go about ourselves. Mistakes we have made or regrets. Don’t let anything stop your growth.
Because if you find yourself in the forest all alone like that poplar tree, would you be able to live with yourself now? Put the past behind and grow to what you can be. That’s when you will find that peaceful, easy feeling.
Today, we are on our way to Douthat State Park in Virginia! We are making our way towards a mountain adventure and we hope that things keep going smoothly! Are you with us?
-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle
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