Walk Away

Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Walk Savannah, GA

One of my favorite quirky things to do when I am walking (especially on longer, leisurely walks, as opposed to, say, walking from the parking lot of Dairy Queen to the counter inside Dairy Queen) is to think about what I would like to be “walking into” and then make up quick little proclamations that assert my desires–and assert them repeatedly as I stride along.

“I am walking into greater health with each step I take.”

“I am walking closer to my dharma, my purpose, with my every step in life.”

“Each step takes me closer to joyful, financial freedom.”

(“Each step also takes me closer to my Peanut Buster Parfait at the counter of Dairy Queen.”)

(“Why do they make the counter so far away from the parking lot?)

“I walk with confidence into the next successful phase of my long, healthy life.”

“I walk with youthful vigor.”

Walking up the steps of Savannah’s Telfair Museum with grandtwins Matthew and Madison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I LOVE this simple, fun exercise.  Try it sometime.  It’ll make you feel better.  And lose weight.  (Except for the Dairy Queen thing.)

But, you know, sometimes it might just be more important to WALK AWAY FROM instead of WALK INTO.

Parting can be sorrow, perhaps sweet sorrow.  I don’t know about you, but I need to walk away from some things.

“I walk away from the tendency to judge those different from me.”

“I turn my back on criticizing.”

“I walk, no, run, quickly away from anything that makes me unhealthy.”

“Goodbye, worry.”

What about you?  What are saying, “See ya!” to?

Let’s walk away.

The View from Behind Unicorns

The thing I really like about unicorns is that they are just so real.  Especially in spirit.

See?  That’s real, right?

Sometimes “mythological” is so much more real than “reality-ogical,”  i.e, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” FOX, CNN or any other news channel, etc.

For further example, here’s a story from the UK about hiring unicorns for bday parties: Rent Me!

I would so rent one!  Wouldn’t you?

Adjectives often associated with unicorns (as opposed to, say, Trump or Pelosi):

  • gallant
  • graceful
  • joyful
  • beautiful
  • heraldic
  • vivacious
  • peaceable
  • iridescent
  • magical
  • magnificent
  • precious

Unicorns have specific focus.  Duh … “uni.”  And their focus?  Simple:  BELIEF IN A GREATER REALTY, A REALITY OF IMAGINATION AND PURE JOY.

I urge you to get behind the Unicorn Movement and believe in something real:  imagination, possibility, humor, fantasia, hope, fun, happiness, health, unity of focus and intent.

But be careful, Trump and Pelosi, unicorns mean business.

… I will cut into your monotheistic view of life.  There’s SO MUCH MORE.

(Robert and I in front of a real unicorn in Atlanta a while back.)

Have you seen them?  The unicorns?

If so, what did they say to you?

 

 

 

 

The World SO Needs to Go Back to Kindergarten!

I love bestselling author Robert Fulghum’s assertion that all he ever really needed to know, he learned in kindergarten.

Looking at the news headlines each day (which in itself is probably a pretty unhealthy habit), I see our political leaders constantly engaged in embarrassingly hateful rhetoric, our world reeling from ongoing, horrific violence, even the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner reduced to backroom vulgarity and nasty personal insults.

The news is consistently ugly.

I have a suggestion. Let’s send Trump, Pelosi, indeed all of Washington BACK TO KINDERGARTEN!

Here, according to Fulghum, is what they could learn:

“Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Live a balanced life.

Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup – they all die, so do we.

And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.

Think of what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nations to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is better to hold hands and stick together.”

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Wait! What am I thinking?! I need to go back to kindergarten too! And not just for that nap.

I’m getting ready to go register now.

Want to join me?

P.S. But I seriously hope I’m not sitting at the same table with Trump or Pelosi.