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What the f*** was that?

My mind was racing. What was that?

In an instant I saw and I knew.

I’ve been in Mississippi this week for work. In an effort to take in something unique in the area, I opted to do my C25K run at the Lefleur’s Bluff State Parkalong the nature trail.

Lefluer's Bluff

One of the few open areas of the trail.

I was excited as the path was gravel, dirt, mud, and rock in areas. It also included wood plank and cement bridges. Trails were surrounded by lush green foliage, trees, vines all manner of nature providing overhead cover as well as beauty to behold. The dense forest muffled sounds from the surrounding environment. It was complete nature immersion.

I started out strong and in the silence of nature. I did not turn on my normal running music. I poised myself to take in all that Lefleur had to offer.

Catching my stride (read- turtle pace of jogging) I was deep in concentration and connection; perhaps too deep. I heard a rustling in the trees about 15 feet ahead and to my left. To say it startled me would be an understatement. Then zip. A large animal body leaped across my trail. By this time I had advanced a few feet so this huge animal body was just ahead of me.

Snap, crackle, leap- across my trail. In the moment it dawned on me that was one big ass deer!

Amazing! It was right there in front of me! Just me and a deer- and well, a bazillion other animals and bugs.

After this close encounter with fast moving unpredictable nature, I began to feel quite vulnerable. Instead of tuning into nature and finding a zen/bliss state I was completely and with every fiber of my being aware of the possibility of other creatures that could be in this forest with me.

Fear of snakes in the overhanging vegetation or slithering across the path began to creep me out. Instead of a nature induced running bliss I slogged through this jungle on high alert watching for slithering, buzzing, crawling, leaping anythings.

| best life, feel better, joy, love yourself, thrive | August 01, 2013

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Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

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