There's Magic in a Morning Walk

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

I love early mornings; they're full of hope and possibility.

They are also full of magic, when I slow down and pay attention to the beauty I find all around me.

I began walking after experiencing serious health issues. I had known that I needed to take better care of myself, but then I got really sick... and not exercising, putting it off until later so I could answer an email or make a phone call first, was no longer an option. So walking moved to the top of my to-do list every day, rather than seeing it as an afterthought... IF I could squeeze it in. I found that taking a walk right after breakfast seemed to do nicely, helped set a good tone for the rest of my work day, and helped me to become more healthy. Even so, it took a long time for me to get comfortable with this new way of being, as old habits of jumping into work first thing were so ingrained. I felt guilty, and unproductive. I tried to "have patience with myself," feeling that if I could do this -- take care of myself -- my life would be transformed.

About 63 weeks ago (that's what my Instagram feed tells me!), I began bringing my phone along with me to take pictures of the things I observed... beautiful flowers and plants, sidewalk chalk drawings, inspirational messages, and sweet signs of love and caring.

So many of the questions I've had about my life and my business -- directions I should take, and decisions I should make -- have been answered through this daily routine of walking. I'm learning how to quiet my mind (and be patient!) so I can remember to be grateful for what I have, to be more curious, and to fully appreciate what I see. As I do this, all sorts of creative solutions come in waves. It's been fun learning how to surf!

You can join me on my morning walks; find me on Instagram (papertraveler) and you'll see what I'm finding to be magical, inspiring, or downright odd and curious. And if you have some sort of practice or routine that helps you to be more mindful every day, I'd love to know more about it - drop me a line at papertraveler [at] gmail [dot] com!