Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Letter From The Publisher - Dave Maci­ulis, CLD

A few months ago we de­cided on “Feed Your Soul” for the theme of this is­sue. Around this time I was in the mid­dle of com­plet­ing a large out­door project... work that I love, and some­thing that feeds my love for mak­ing oth­ers happy. How­ever, when it comes to feed­ing my own soul, I had no idea what I had been lack­ing. That is, un­til I took a month long va­ca­tion. In my 28 year ca­reer I had never done such a thing.

I traded in my SUV for an old rusty ped­dle bike and coasted the beau­ti­ful land­scape of Utila (an is­land in Hon­duras) at a much slower pace. I lit­er­ally stopped and smelled the flow­ers, ate the food of busi­ness own­ers whose cook­ing was steeped in tra­di­tions of the sea. I had con­ver­sa­tions with some very in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and did more lis­ten­ing than talk­ing - a task I some­times find dif­fi­cult.

I lis­tened to live mu­sic and even broke out my har­mon­ica to add to the en­ergy of a great night of ran­dom mu­si­cians com­ing to­gether to cre­ate a gypsy-like vibe.

I cruised a la­goon on a pic­nic ta­ble boat that I helped build, not for money but be­cause it was a labour of love.

I laid in a hammock and lis­tened to the leaves whis­per and the waves soothe my busy mind. Has my soul ever been con­nected to the en­ergy and har­mony of the earth and oth­ers? To life... plants ... food ... wa­ter ... smells ... wind ... the sun on my skin... and with other hu­man be­ings? not do­ing busi­ness, but just lis­ten­ing and con­vers­ing about what makes us truly happy.

Take the time to al­low mother na­ture to feed your soul... she’s so good at it.

I hope that this is­sue in­spires you to stop and think about treat­ing your­self to do the same.

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