Nothing Like a Good Walk!

A daily walk has been a part of my life
for as long as I can recall,
whether it was school to  home for lunch, then back
or evenings with OH, or maybe, once, a pub crawl.


People like me who face screens til we’re bored
know THAT life will make OUR life too short.
Doctor says “you’re too fat B’y so get out some more,”
but I admit that it’s far more than just sport.


Through paths trodden by those who long ago came this way
removes what get’s stuck in the craw,
shoos away traces of ego that creep in through the day
while filling the soul with true awe.


And best of all, it can be claimed,
are times you walk with co-workers and friends;
whether for pleasure or work, it’s always the same
the memories and effect are stronger, they transcend.


Think back on the best ideas and goals
and the times when things started to make sense.
Perhaps it happened while you were out for a stroll
and exchanging ideas with friends.


Kant and Kierkegaard, walkers that always impressed–
they surely got others talking.
But perhaps it was Nietzsche who said it the best:
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

Spring is not too far away, is it? 🙂


About Maurice A. Barry

Coordinator: Teaching and Learning Commons, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Parent & Husband. eLearning consultant/coordinator. Program Development Specialist - eLearning (Department of Education; Retired). Writer: over 40 Math/Physics texts/webs. Developer & Manager of web content. Geek. Not into awards but loves comments.
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16 Responses to Nothing Like a Good Walk!

  1. Mary says:

    Love the second photo especially. A nice reminder of taking time for those short or long walks.

  2. jennypellett says:

    Oh gosh, your woods look so much more wintry still than mine! That last picture of yours intrigues me – that structure in the centre – makes it look a little oriental – like the Willow Pattern plate!

  3. elkement says:

    You are so right!! And add Nassim Taleb to the list of famous flaneurs!

    This post is such a beautiful composition of images and poetry! You said so much with so few words – an art I will probably never master! 😉

    • Thank you. I am not surprised that NNT is a walker those clear thoughts must have taken some time to put together and what better way to do it.
      Oh and what do you mean master. Your spam and search term poetry is very artistic. Amazing actually.

  4. Tiny says:

    What a lovely walk! Could have been in the forest close to my dad’s house up north. The second picture suddenly looked so familiar to me. Great thoughts and beautiful pictures!

  5. Brrrrr!! Walking is great for thinking though. Or even just daydreaming. Swimming is the same. I would go swimming at lunchtime from work and the tension would just drain away as I zapped up and down the pool. And much as I loathe shopping, I always enjoy the walk to the shops.

    Nice compilation Maurice.

    • Thank you. The cold can be handled though. Just add layers. It always seems that after a few minutes the body acclimates to whatever is going on. You only feel the cold if you’ve been sitting–writing or reading maybe–for a long while before going out. Once outside it feels great. One benefit is that you do not sweat 🙂

  6. Sorry for being so out of touch Maurice. No excuses. I appreciate the ideas expressed here. You and I have both arrived at that proverbial ‘time of life when a bit of exercise is better than just good for us.’ Joanna is the walker in the family. I find I get more bang-for-the-buck on the treadmill each morning at our local YMCA. Because I have to focus just to stay on the thing I have never been able to zone-out and enjoy the luxury of getting into myself. I can, however, watch the morning news. I find, toward the end of my run, that I can’t even do that if I want to avoid falling off … staying put requires too much work on the part of my internal computers. So, although I can’t get ‘lost’ on the treadmill, running like a madman for a bit certainly does get the endorphins circulating which feels oh so good. Also … the photos you’ve included here only serve to reinforce what I’ve already come to know about your part of the world … beautiful. D

    • I figured you’d been quite busy between the farm and midterms.
      I’ve been known to use an elliptical from time to time. Without assistance it can be quite boring but with a good podcast it’s totally different. Apple iTunes or beyond pod for Android are extremely good ad collecting good podcasts once search for the feeds–it works more or less like RSS. I use Beyond Pod and keep the stuff on my phone s I don’t have to mess with multiple gadgets. Here are some excellent ones to listen to:
      CBC Ideas with Paul Kennedy
      CBC Under the Influence with Terry O’Reilly
      BBC In our Time with Melviln Bragg
      ABC RN (that’s Australia) All in the Mind
      ABC RN The Philosopher’s Zone (sadly the host died unexpectedly last year and they’ve been going through some lineup changes)
      NPR On Being
      Between all of them there’s always something very interesting to take the edge off it.

  7. Mjollnir says:

    Maybe once?! 😀

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