Find Joy: Let’s take a walk

Sometimes you have a day so deliciously wonderful that you have to do something to slow down and truly savor it. Other times your day is such a challenge that you need to take action in a way that allows you to escape it. I posit that, in both scenarios, a walk is all you need.

On this lovely Friday, wherever you are in the world, I hope that you can take a moment to walk around the place you live. If you can’t leave your house, look out a window, or find a particularly beautiful picture you can meditate on. Breathe deep. Observe nature. I’ll be doing the same.

I’d like to share a few photos from my walks here in Washington, and some quotes about walking from The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring that capture the loveliness of getting outside for a while:

“Not all those who wander, are lost.”

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.”

“For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.”

“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”

“He [Bilbo] used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.’ . . .”

“I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains, and then find somewhere where I can rest.”

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”

“Farewell! I go to find the Sun!”

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