I had the privilege of walking at Caratunk, my favorite Audubon refuge, today. I had already chanted the blessings that morning while nursing Asa. My mind wandered a little, fretting about my work, feeling overwhelmed and a little despairing. How can I possibly do what needs to be done?

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Chey Ha'Olamim hamechin mitzadey gaver. Blessed are You, A Fountain of Blessings are You, the Way, Our God, Life of All the Worlds who makes firm a person's footsteps.

Blessed are You, the Path Our God, who reminds us to take it one step at a time, to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Ah, to walk these lovely paths, to practice putting one foot in front of the other amidst the beauty of fall! To feel my feet firmly on the ground. To take in the blessings of place and beauty. Ma Norah HaMakom Hazeh.

As always, at Caratunk, I am filled with gratitude. I must be the luckiest person in all the world to get to walk in this beloved place and see the beauty all around me.