“The walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise, as it is called, as the sick take medicine at stated hours …but it is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day.” ― Henry David Thoreau
“I must walk toward Oregon, and not toward Europe.” ― Henry David Thoreau
“When you walk, arrive with every step. That is walking meditation. There’s nothing else to it.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh
“I think I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and fields absolutely free from all worldly engagements.” ― Henry David Thoreau
“A March morning is only as drab as he who walks in it without a glance skyward, ear cocked for geese.” ― Aldo Leopold
Walking is one of my very favorite activities – specifically, walking in Nature. From a very young age, when I’d walk to school and back twice a day because we allowed to go home for lunch, I’ve used walking time to process my thoughts and feelings. I remember splashing in puddles and kicking up leaves and singing to myself as I passed the houses on the way to kindergarten. I remember rehearsing conversations out loud walking home from junior high. I remember walking over a hill in high school, eager to meet up with my best friend. Now, in retirement, my daily walk is .7 miles down the dirt road to the mailbox. I also find a trailhead and take myself for an adventure several times a week. I am truly fortunate to live in an area with a LOT of trailheads! I don’t use a device to count my steps each day, but I strive to remember to be grateful for each step I take. I hope I will be able to walk for many more years.
“On the move” in an accelerating society with handy pocket-sized digital cameras may manifest in a blur of city lights and speeding vehicles. That’s not my style. I don’t have a smart phone, and my favorite mode of transport is my own two feet. Slowing to a stop on a trail to snap a photograph of my companions and surroundings is my way of depicting my life, my movement. “I am the joy in change and movement” is Steve’s self-expression of identity. I delight in putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward at a pace that allows awareness, self-control and grace. “Walk with me” is an invitation to a deeper experience of moving with life, apace with the planet. For a truly masterful illustration of this theme, visit Steve McCurry’s blog titled “One Step at a Time” here.