You may have noticed that I missed writing a bunch of posts last week. When that happens, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t outside. It means I didn’t get back inside to boot up the electronic device, push the plastic keys, stare at the screen, sign on, upload, and send.

Even when I fail at my daily posting goal, I hope you too remain encouraged to set walking outdoors as a higher priority than getting online, at least a few times a week.

And as you may know, the term “walking” has a variety of meanings here. They include:

• A brisk motion down the open road to get the heart pumping and the lungs filled with fresh air or,

• a slow stroll down a narrow path or,

• an exploration of a new park with a friend or,

• a stationery stance to study a particular spot, one visited 100 times before or,

• a long gaze at the sky to watch the clouds roll by.

Where you go and how long you stay is up to you. What matters is that you consistently acknowledge what is happening around you in the never-obsolete reality of the great outdoors.

Because otherwise, our typical view is this,:

while our minds would rather see this,

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