A Guide to Living Life Fully

Walking

Walking

Sep 5, 2012

β€œOur Nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.” – Blaise Pascal

There I was, in the middle of an off-season Alpine ski slope in Seefeld, Austria, attempting to feed grass to a cow. The cow and its companions largely ignored me as I snapped a few photos and continued the trek up to the top of the mountain. Although the devastatingly amazing views were subdued by the overcast sky, the burn in my legs, fresh air in my lungs, sense of adventure in my heart, and peace in my mind were characteristic of a long walk.

I will always be a walker. Whether it is walking the dog around the neighborhood, hiking a half-day just to have lunch before heading back, or backpacking a long stretching of trail, I will never stop walking. The motion of one foot in front of the other churns my soul in just the right way. Sometimes it’s a stroll, sometimes the destination beckons a quicker pace, but it is always therapeutic.

Most people fail to realize a good walk is the answer to most problems. If you feel like your body is out of sorts or shape, you should walk. If you mind is running away from you or on empty, you should walk. If your emotions are getting the better of you or in the doldrums, you should walk. It only takes one foot in front of the other repeatedly to change your environment and be surprised at what else changes.

A wise person, my brother, once said. “There’s no secret to ending the hurt, just hands for feeling and hearts for healing and feet to take you places.” I agree with him; additionally it is worthy to note that your feet taking you places is the perfect catalyst for your hands feeling, your heart healing, and your hurt ending.

May you live all the days of your life.

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