Went for a walk this morning.
When I left, I was WAY down in the bottom of a Very Deep Pit (VDP for short). Will spare you the whys & wherefores…
But along the way, my head cleared. My humanity – my love of humanity – & of life – magically returned.
I got some really good ideas – even a major inspiration, I think, about a BIG idea I’ve been mulling over in my mind for a very long time now.
I’ve said it before, but it seems to bear repeating: walking is magical!
A Few Quotations about Walking:
“If I am sane at all, it’s because I walk.” – Judy McNeill
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C.S. Lewis
“The sum of the whole is this: Walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” – Charles Dickens
“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White, physician (1886-1973)
“I will tell you what I have learned myself. For me, a long five or six mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day. I have done this for many years. It is at these times I seem to get re-charged. … My explanation of it is that when I walk in a carefree way, without straining to get to my destination, then I am living in the present. And it is only then that the creative power flourishes.” – Brenda Ueland on walking & writing, in If You Want to Write – A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, pages 42-43)
“We are made aware of the proverbial forks in the road of life from an early age. Whether at commencement or from the pulpit, we are told there is a convenient path, and a less traveled road of integrity. From a Buddhist perspective, the adage is infinitely true. We face such forks a million times a day, even in the space of a breath. Life is permeated with possibility at every instant. What distinguishes one life from another is intention, the one thing that we can control. Rosa Parks’s intentions were deep and unswerving, as were King’s, Thoreau’s, and Gandhi’s; so, too, were Jo Ann Robinson’s and Virginia Durr’s. While the events of the world were out of their control, their resolve was not.
Maybe the best way to understand the future implications of the movement’s daily actions is to remember Emerson’s moral botany: corn seeds produce corn; justice creates justice; and kindness fosters generosity. How do we sow our seeds when large, well-intentioned institutions and intolerant ideologies that purport to be our salvation cause so much damage? One sure way is through smallness, grace, and locality. Individuals start where they stand and, in Antonio Machado’s poetic dictum, make the road by walking. Thoreau insisted in Civil Disobedience that if only one man withdrew his support from an unjust government, it would begin a cycle that would reverberate and grow. For him there were no inconsequential acts, only consequential inaction: ‘for it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever.’” – Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming. <Pg. 84-5>
“It is solved by walking.” – St. Augustine