Advice from a Bearded Man: Naturalist John Muir

Often referred to as the “Father of our National Park System,” John Muir (1838-1914) worked his tail off to preserve some of North America’s greatest natural wonders. But the guy also knew how to seriously relax. We recently came across this bit of advice from him for avoiding the “busy” trap and “vacation sabotage.” “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,” Muir advised. We agree. Grow a beard, barbecue a whole pig, screen a film on your roof, just make sure you make some time to relax this summer. With July already underway, we present John Muir’s advice for the month.

John Muir’s “The Gospel for July”

“Wander a whole summer, if you can. Thousands of god’s wild blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge and the big days will go by uncounted. If you are business tangled and so burdened by duty that only weeks can be got out of the heavy laden year, give a month at least. The time will not be taken from your sum of life. Instead of shortening it will indefinitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal. Nevermore will time seem short or long and cares will never again fall heavily on you, but gently and kindly as gifts from heaven.”

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