Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Walking



It's funny how when you don't do something for a few days you either really miss it, or don't miss it at all.  Case in point, going for a daily walk.  The last days around here have been slippery, and when God was passing out the graceful gene, I fell down before I got in line, and so rather than end up splayed out on the sidewalk with a broken leg, I skipped my daily walk.  And man, I've missed it.

Walking, to me, is a religion.  My day is better if I get up, get out, and get walking.  It has become such a habit that if I don't get out there, I can feel the tiny tethers holding me to sanity start to tug loose.  I have walked through sorrow, joy, change, anger and even depression.  To move and let my mind wander allows me to meditate and listen to truths deep within.

Preservationist John Muir said, "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and to storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

I love that:  "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings."  I currently don't live near many mountains--there are some lovely hills in the distance, but none close enough for me to walk to and be home in time to pick up kids from school.  But, I can put on my shoes, lace them up good and tight, bundle up in a warm coat and hit the sidewalk.  Somehow, I feel just as refreshed and energized doing this simple daily act as I do hiking in the mountains.  I can still get "good tidings" from the nature I encounter and feel the light of the sun or the rain or snow, all the while feeling my cares drop off like autumn leaves.

And who couldn't use a few less cares?

Enjoy a walk today.

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What activity brings you sanity, peace, joy?

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6 comments:

  1. DUH, Quilting! have a nice walk today...

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  2. I have always considered it exercise if the car was not parked in the garage. But... a couple of years ago I decided to start walking since we live in this lovely valley and it was not far to the river... I enjoyed it for a couple of days. Then I crossed the fresh tracks of a HUGE grizzly bear who had very recently passed headed the direction I had just come from and which I would have to go back through the stand of trees to cross the river to get home.

    Needless to say the trip home hollering, 'Hey, Bear', all through the woods was my last. I walked into the house and said, "Get a treadmill. That's it."

    But it just isn't the same. At.All.

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  3. Running. I love it. I need it. It completes me, well sort of.

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  4. Helen, you make me laugh...and I know what you mean...xo!

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  5. Weight lifting. It helps me feel calm and peaceful, not to mention like I could beat up any rapists... You know the ones that will come get me if I ever go on a walk...

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