Walking is man’s best medicine. ~Hippocrates
If you are one of my Facebook buddies, you know I enjoy walking. It’s exercise. It’s nature searching. It’s sharing. Most of the time I walk alone. Well, not really alone. With my dog, Oscar, although this summer when the temperature hovered around 100, Oscar preferred the air-conditioning and not walking. I took a few walks without him since he does wear a black fur coat and he’s not as young as he used to be. Who is? But I love to walk in the fields. In parks. Sometimes even on treadmills, but I prefer a nature setting.
I also enjoy walking with family and friends. My sisters and I visited my daughter last weekend and each morning we took their dogs for a walk around their neighborhood. They happen to live in a beautiful old neighborhood where most of the homeowners plant lots of flowers, like these encore azaleas blooming in the fall. Add to that majestic trees, some more than a hundred years old, lining the walkways. Then the old homes, mostly all built in the early 1900s, also draw an admiring eye.
Besides the houses and landscape, we also get to see the pets of the neighborhood. Sometimes we meet other people walking their dogs. There’s always a feeling of community between pet owners. So it’s “Hello, how are you?” or “Nice morning” or “How is (insert pet’s name) doing?” Maybe everybody should have a pet in order to meet their neighbors. That might take the place of front porch sitting that seems to have fallen by the wayside or been replaced with air conditioned television rooms. But dogs have to take a walk now and again, and they are great conversation starters between neighbors.
Even out here on the farm, I’ve found that true when neighbor dogs happen to come over to visit and their owners follow them. Then we get acquainted. Meet Bunny, a neighbor dog that came to visit and introduced me to her lovely owners. We might have missed out on talking if not for Bunny.
Besides the chance to soak in nature and spot new things to share on Facebook, walking gives you time to think. Time to consider. Time to plot out those difficult spots in stories if you’re a writer the way I am. So put on your sneakers, grab a dog if you have one or maybe a camera, and step out into your outside world. I enjoyed walking around my daughter’s outside world and I always enjoy inviting you along to walk with me on my Sunday morning coming down posts on my Facebook page or by showing you what I spot on my walks. Now that it’s cooled down, Oscar is always ready to go walking too.
Do you like walking around your neighborhood?
Walking is magic. Can’t recommend it highly enough. I read that Plato and Aristotle did much of their brilliant thinking together while ambulating. The movement, the meditation, the health of the blood pumping, and the rhythm of footsteps… this is a primal way to connect with one’s deeper self. ~Paula Cole