“If you can’t write, read.
If you can’t read, walk.
Or walk and read, then write.”
― Joyce Rachelle
Today, as I walked the dogs, I found myself wondering about some of my old walking buddies. Yes, that is one of them pictured above.
For many years, I’d walked this country road, using this herd of dairy cows as a marker for the spot where I’d turn and head back home. There was a slight curve in the road so we’d all craned our necks to see if they were there waiting for us. Some days we were too late. Even with the persistent coaxing barks of our dogs, they’d moved on and were off doing whatever it is cows do.
I realized as I walked today, I need this time walking. My walks help open my mind, allowing new ideas in while dismissing much of the negative chatter. There has been so much craziness pushed into our heads lately, I needed a way to clear it out. Like Jim Butcher says:
“When I’m in turmoil, when I can’t think, when I’m exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It’s just one of those things I do. I walk and I walk and sooner or later something comes to me, something to make me feel less like jumping off a building.”
― Jim Butcher, Storm Front
Most of all, I needed that way to refill my well. I’ve been drawing from my internal reserve and not replenishing. I needed that remember to be kind to myself. Let go of all my worries and concerns and leave it to God. That is a difficult assignment for this oldest child–letting go of that control button–even if, as we all know, that button is completely imaginary.
“Sometimes a walk is the solution to all our problems!”
― Avijeet Das
As I walked, I heard that loving little internal voice remind me of the very simple fact I was human. Because of that, I’m not perfect. There will be times when things don’t go as well or as smoothly as I’d like. It’s okay. Learn from it and move on. It was if I’d been given a reinforcing gift when I found this quote to share:
“All of us learned how to walk by failing.”
― J.R. Rim
Love and peace, Y’all.