• Karen

When in doubt, walk.

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Henry David Thoreau


For the last month, I've been taking an early morning walk each day. Though I never considered myself a morning person, heading out just as the sun rises is the best way to avoid the dangerous summer heat. I've missed two days -- both times because a nagging little headache gave me an excuse to stay home. Here's what I discovered: the famous walkers of the creative world were right, and I need that exercise with its physical and spiritual energy to start the day.


I'm about as far as one can get from being a fitness expert, but I think walking is great exercise. Over the years, I have discovered that investing in good shoes becomes more essential the more you walk, and the older you get. I find a good walk loosens my muscles and suppresses little aches and pains. I come home feeling awake and ready to go. This burst of morning energy is so much that I often find I've plowed through a long to-do list before noon.


In my coaching work with local clients I used to love walking meetings. As the world moves back to normal, and when the sweltering summer ends, I hope to do this again. A walking meeting gets the ideas and the blood pumping and helps avoid over indulging in expensive, calorie laden coffee drinks to justify the use of a table.


A morning walk is also the best writing device I've ever used. And it got even better once I put a notepad app on my phone and stopped stuffing my pockets with scraps of paper and a pen. Moving though the world, walking alone and observing, gives me flashes of inspiration and moments of respite -- both necessary to keep writing.


My mother used to say, "Get up and do something constructive" if I complained of being bored or not feeling great. She was right (of course) and now I know that when in doubt, I should take a walk.

3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

In the original version of Cinderella the “ugly step-sisters” mutilate their feet trying to put on the missing slipper and claim the prince. In the Brothers Grimm version two doves draw attention to t

There are writers who are legendary for their routines. Whether it’s waking before dawn to secret away in a quiet office or spending late nights typing away at the kitchen table while the family sleep

The more the world of work changes, the more it stays the same. Remember clashes over “work-life balance,” “setting healthy boundaries” and “knowing when to say no?” Meet the latest version of the ete