Evening Walks bring a Ceremonial End to the Day

It’s become a routine. Every evening sometime between when the sun is setting and 9:00PM, I take a stroll around the neighborhood. The day is finally cooling down. This is my time to get the cob webs out and end the day. Even if I have already walked with someone, or completed stadiums, or another type of exercise, I get out for this last mile or more.

Walking at night through my neighborhood brings the sounds of the crickets, the frog orchestra in the pond nearby with a backdrop of the sounds of the city….trains in the distance, occasionally interrupted by far away sirens or helicopters coming to and from the hospital. The sounds of these aircraft remind me that whoever is being flown to or from the hospital are probably having a much worse day than me. Maybe my day was not so bad after all.

Sometimes these walks are my way of reflection on the current day. Or they are a way to contemplate an issue, or be creative without the interruptions of day to day life at home. Or on other days, I try to be in the moment and just listen and look around in wonder, or be in gratitude for all the good things in life. I especially need this if it was a “woe is me” day. Tonight when I walked I just listened.

Other nights when the moon is out and full or it’s a dark evening with the stars shining, I love trying to look out in the universe and wonder, what is really out there?

Everyone has a story – People I met this week while pursuing my favorite outdoors recreation. At the Move.Tallahassee at Wakulla Springs I spent some time with Mike. He has already walked 1, 200 miles this year. Wow! After being diagnosed with diabetes four years ago, he started walking every day, 5 or 6 miles. He has lost 64lbs and his life has improved dramatically. Up stairs, downstairs, in and out of the car, life is much easier. He sometimes gets up as early as 4:00AM before starting his part time job at 6:00AM

On this trek I also got reacquainted with Phyllis. She used to be my account executive for newspaper advertising when I owned a retail store many years ago. She walks every day. She is considering hiking the Camino after watching the movie The Way. I read her blog and It seems she has really done her homework about the history of the trek. She wants to walk for spiritual reasons and she would also like to leave a legacy, that she walked the 500 mile Camino. She is a bit concerned about walking alone and may try to find a traveling partner.

I have not been at Wakulla Springs for a while, so I decided to check out the lodge and restaurant. I almost forgot how cool this place is. The lobby is majestic and takes you back in time.  While these springs are only 20 miles from my house, I think this would be a great place for Morgan and I to go for an overnight holiday

Thought while walking tonight. Just as last month has come and gone. This life will come and go. This is a reminder to go out today, take a walk and think of how your are going to pursue your dreams.

Please plan to join Morgan and I at All Saints cinema for the return showing of Walking the Camino Thursday, September 21st at 7:00PM or Sunday, September 21 at 2:00PM. For tickets email reservations@tallahasseefilms.com

Questions and comments can be sent to gregg.patterson@yahoo.com

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