Walking: Today

<July 16/14> Today I began the day feeling pretty overwhelmed (more & more often the case lately, I find, as time goes on & the climate crisis worsens exponentially).

But then I went for a walk.

& on that walk I saw

  • a raccoon family of five make their way one by one slowly down a big tree, then, a few moments later, emerge from the bushes & scurry quickly across the street.
  • a “perfect” lawn – reminding me that, before I understood the health & environmental consequences of using chemical pesticides, I used to think “perfect” looking lawns were cool. (now they just look supremely boring to me: now I like “messy” lawns/yards.)
  • a white picket fence! (you don’t see too many of these these daze!)
  • what I call “droopy” cedars & droopy spruce trees (no idea what their proper names are).
  • ferns in someone’s yard (I have an inexplicable, huge fondness for ferns :)  ).


I reflected that when I am walking

I am right in the moment – work & cares are elsewhere.

The HR (human race) may be on its last legs (I firmly believe this to be true).

But right now?

I celebrate/appreciate

  • trees
  • sky
  • clouds
  • Life!


I’m grateful for my

  • legs (they take me on all these wonderful walks!)
  • life
  • loved ones
  • worthwhile work & awesome friends/colleagues
  • this Earth



I do believe that my daily walks keep me

  • sane (well, relatively so, at least :)  )
  • joyful
  • grateful


& they help me

  • let go
  • let go
  • let go
  • let go
  • let go.


Every day, when I walk, I am

  • restored
  • resurrected
  • renewed
  • revived.


& driven right into the present moment.

This moment.

Which, I am pretty convinced, is exactly where I am supposed to be living!

So, yay! Yay for my daily walking habit…

Janet :)

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.” – Mary Lou Cook

Spares: “Expect nothing; live frugally on surprise.” – Alice Walker

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell, philosopher, The Sun (August 2002) - from Utne Nov-Dec 2002

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.” – Shakti Gawain

“Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.” – Epictetus

"Love is no meek priest. He will smash in all your windows before throwing in the holy gifts." ~ Hafiz

“There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly, my darling . . . Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.” – Aldous Huxley, 20th century intellectual & author of Brave New World (said later in his life, apparently, when he regretted having taken himself so seriously in his younger years).  *** from Rob Brezsny Oct. 21st newsletter


  • lots of walking posts/quotes here
  • gratitude posts/quotes here
  • tons of quotes in many different categories in the ‘Quotation Central!’ section