Walking with Hope…

It is (can you believe it?) finally Spring!
I subscribe to a weekly newsletter that I treasure for its thoughtfulness and inspiration and a few weeks ago, it introduced me to a writer named Rebecca Solnit who has written a book about walking and another book about hope.  Two things that I think are embodied in the notion of Spring.  Walking for me isn’t just about the physical, it’s also about the philosophical.  I see things differently when I walk as opposed to running, riding or driving; when walking, my inner and outer worlds are moving together in sync.  
Solnit says about walking:
 “Where does it start? Muscles tense. One leg a pillar, holding the body upright between the earth and sky. The other a pendulum, swinging from behind. Heel touches down. The whole weight of the body rolls forward onto the ball of the foot. The big toe pushes off, and the delicately balanced weight of the body shifts again. The legs reverse position. It starts with a step and then another step and then another that add up like taps on a drum to a rhythm, the rhythm of walking. The most obvious and the most obscure thing in the world, this walking that wanders so readily into religion, philosophy, landscape, urban policy, anatomy, allegory, and heartbreak.?
And then there’s the hope that the season of Spring brings with it; for sunlight and warmth, renewal and growth, for good possibilities.
Solnit says about hope:
“It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings.?

And so I walk gratefully with all of you in the spring sunshine, full of hopeful possibilities.

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