October 22nd, 2012 by Jan

A lot of people walk.

My friend, Sandie walks seven miles, three times a week before she goes to work. Kim walks really fast everyday for at least an hour. Marian walks Moser, and I’ve been known to walk to and from the O, and also around the lake. Ken walks down to the beach most days and countless others have their daily walking rituals, either for health, habit or as a practice.

Yesterday, I watched Ken walk. He and I walk a lot, mostly around the house. Our house is big, and I bet I walk from my office, to our bedroom, or the kitchen, or downstairs to the Harry Potter room, or to  the training room at least 10 – 20 times a day. Ken on the other hand, walks to the wood pile, the compost bin, the garden, and his shop a lot more often than that.

Over the years Ken has always said that the best way to begin a project is to start walking. Then keeps walking until it’s finished.

Kierkegaard said, “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”

I’d be curious to see the results if we both wore pedometers. I’m guessing Ken would rack up more steps than I would, because he does a lot more around the house than I do. Yet, we both seem to walk a lot without ever leaving the yard.

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