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The Daily Dishtowel - 9

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Okay, we're down to The Monthly Dishtowel. Semi-monthly? I don't know where these two weeks have gone, but there hasn't been much to write about, apparently.

The neighbor I walk with is ill. No, not with the virus (thank goodness), but she has lupus and is having a bad flare, so my walk today was solo.

I took a different route, partly as an experiment, partly as a reaction to a podcast I heard this morning. The woman who records it is here in Britain, by coincidence just up the road from me, in Manchester. The little podcast is only a couple of minutes long; its theme is "positivity." (I will append a link if I remember. If the system allows.) I'm kind of a take-it-or-leave-it listener. I might mull over what I can use, and quickly forget what I can't.

Today's was about walking and nature and so on. Here in the UK we have long since - two months, I think - been restricted to going outside once a day. (No, it's not enforced by the authorities. Yes, people with dogs and kids generally go out and about more frequently but still maintain distance.) I try to make the most of the once-per-day outing by getting in a solid hour - I'm up to between 2-1/4 and 2-1/2 miles per stint. I'm rather pleased with myself for that, as it has taken a long time to get there. After I broke a bone in my foot I thought I might always limp and have to use a cane.

Back to the positivity: the podcaster was saying that she usually walks fast, it being a means of exercise, but a few days ago she decided to slow down, look around, take in the scenery she was passing through. She mentioned the hallmarks of spring having sprung. Engaging all her senses, she even touched the bark of a tree, just to feel its texture and to add to the enrichment of her walk.

Today, with no conversational distraction and no compulsion to walk quickly I did just as she suggested, slowing down, sauntering really rather than walking briskly. Lots of colorful and scented blossoms abound. I watched a bird picking up bits of stuff that had to be nest-construction materials. I stopped to talk to a watch-cat on a wall, certainly a pet as he had a belled collar. And I reflected on how forlorn the playground in our park looks - it's chained off, its use forbidden pending better days.

I'm hoping my neighbor - my friend - is better tomorrow. But in the meantime, I will try to remember it's not all about speed. I need to slow down to smell the roses occasionally.

Carpe diem, people!

p.s. This is one of the links to her podcast:


I listen to it through Alexa skills, but apparently it's available to Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter... pretty much any of the media formats. I'm not promoting the podcast, simply mentioning where I heard the idea about using daily walks for more than fitness. Nice to reconnect with The Earth from time to time. ;-)

Possibly a better link: www.thepresentercoach.co
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    I am not a fast walker; so I tend to savor what I am seeing/hearing/smelling as I go. I also like to take pictures. So, I am not burning up the calories but I am increasing my sense of well-being.
    300 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949

    I listened to the podcast and enjoyed it.

    302 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I watch the wildlife from my window, as I am not able to walk far. I get lots of exercise indoors. We have a state park near us that we can drive to that is on Lake Huron.

    Noticing our surroundings is the great reward.
    302 days ago
    Slowing down is a great idea! I liked the podcast!
    302 days ago
    Thank you. I listened to the podcast. On many of my walks I am listening to the birds and observing the flowers. Not everything has to be done quickly.

    302 days ago
    Sorry about your friend but glad you are able to take 2+mile walks again. Good for you! Yes, we need to stop and smell the roses more often... emoticon
    302 days ago
    It takes a sore foot or hip or something to slow me down, usually, but I must say my top speed isn’t very fast anyway!
    302 days ago
    Glad you took time to enjoy the area where you were walking---suggestion---walk this way more often, but on the walk back up the pace to include some exercise. I often like to just walk around my yard at this time of year to see what has come up.
    302 days ago
    Excellent thought, slowing down. It got me thinking about my walks and how they have slowed down in the past couple of years, between the life transition of retirement, and after the loss of my brother last Summer. I am not running/jogging any more, and not pressing the speed of the walk. Oh, I still go for "brisk" but about once a week I take a slower walk, and fish my camera out to capture something of the world around me. But even without the camera, to listen to the birds around me, to observe the movements of the squirrels and bunnies... to notice the progress of the plant life coming awake in the Spring time.

    Yes, there is a place for brisk, and a place for connecting with the planet. emoticon

    Glad to see your dish towel up there! emoticon
    302 days ago
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    302 days ago
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