Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Daily Constitutional

I've recently begun taking the dogs for a walk in the morning and I am amazed at how it has affected my whole being. It is a long walk as I take them individually for about a 1/2 hour each. It is just nicer this way, they don't pull, they don't compete. My neighborhood is filled with trees and usually pretty quiet in the morning, so there is plenty of nature to observe. Birds conversing, squirrels doing their twitchy squirrel things, and a handful of other walkers, most with dogs. It is nice to exchange "good mornings" with your neighbors and occasionally stop to catch up on the happenings in the hood.

This morning was chilly but sunny, one of the best kind of walking days, with lots of fluttery little leaves falling all around, Florida's version of snow flurries. Since Java didn't go first, he was the lucky one to get to go visit the lake. It was a little bit choppy, so you could hear the waves lapping under the dock, enough to cause fluffy lakefoam to line the shore. I like to stand at the edge, look out at the water and say Thank you. Thank you God for letting me have mornings like this. Java jumped up and put his 2 front paws on the railing, looked out standing right beside me like something on a Hallmark card, then he grabbed the leash in his mouth and proceeded to pull me back up the dock. Mr. Persnickety, indeed! Enough thanking, let's git to walking!

The walks are a way to clear my head, to cultivate ideas, to think and plan, to connect. The consistency of the walks is just another affirmation to myself. It's about follow through, sticking with it, breathing, refreshing, and most importantly giving thanks. Not to mention, the jeans are fitting nicer, and when the jeans fit nice, everyone's HAPPY! What are you thankful for today?

I am thankful for the ability to reconnect, appreciate, and love a long-lost friend. And I'm thankful to Laini, for writing the right thing at the right time.

Quote of the day: "In the effort to unfold our thought to a friend, we make it clearer to ourselves." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

1 comment:

  1. You have no idea how thankful I am to be reconnected to you. Maybe I'll stop saying it one of these days, but don't expect it anytime soon.
    One of my favorite things to do is walk my fur face around our neighborhood, especially in the morning. We have many dog walkers around here too and I love talking with them all. I'm looking forward to some warmer weather this weekend and we'll be out walking again.


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