Every man’s Birthday Wish—Remain Free and Wild at Heart

Daily Reflection–Every Man’s Birthday Wish

If you have ever loved a place and have left it behind, if you have ever suffered pain of missing special smells of the trees or the pond and nature’s tranquility, if you have ever struggled with understanding and accepting yourself and your restless about life and its meaning, you ought to read Wild to the Heart.

Ever year you have special day’ s to celebrate. Don’t miss them or put them off. Birthday’s, Holiday’s and Anniversary’s is what I am talking about. For example, on your birthday it is a perfect time to take stock of where we have been and where we want to go.  I think for all of us there are good year’s and challenging years. Good years are not difficult to take. It is the challenging years that we need to conjure up endless energy, toughness and perseverance to make it through. When times are difficult I like to reflect on gain strength from nature.  I go to my library and pull out my favorite naturalist and author, Rick Bass.  He has written Winter: Notes from Montana, The Nine Mile Wolves, Deer Pasture and Wild to the Heart.  In many of his books he writes about the beauty and freedom of nature and the struggle for survival by the animals. Nature for me provides the perfect metaphor for my essence and meaning in life. Nature provides nourishment, challenges, restfulness and replenishment. The following excerpt from Wild to the Heart, by Rick Bass, Norton 1987, a collection of essays about a journey of passion, renewal and freedom is perfect message for  all of us on our special day—our Birthday. In world that many times asks us to make false choices Rick Bass provides hope and inspiration about the power of nature and man’s ability to lead a life of purpose. Enjoy your day and always remain–“wild at heart”.

Here is Rick’s touching and uplifting message– “ If it’s wild to your own heart, protect it. Preserve it. Love it. And fight for it, and dedicate yourself to it, whether it’s a mountain range, your wife , your husband, or (heaven forbid) your job. It doesn’t matter if it’s what makes your heart sing, if it’s what makes your days soar like a hawk in the summertime, then focus on it. Because for sure, it’s wild, and if it’s wild, it’ll mean you are free. No matter where and who you are.” 


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