Written by Stephen Hobbs

For the past two weeks I've been walking along the edge of a hill ... between the backyards of houses and slope of the hill. 

I walk to complete a circuit in about 58 minutes.  

Therefore, I get to experience the sun and the shade, and the windward and leeward exposures while touching the branches of intermittent trees. 

And it's along this walk I realized I'm "walking the walk". 

You've heard of phrase "talk the talk and walk the walk"? - to highlight the importance of truth, trust, and transparency in all of what you say and do. 

The "talk" part makes sense - however, the "walk" part seems less real (to me - you?)

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I've walked many different paths over the years - on six of seven continents.
I'll walk more paths in the future - while adding the seventh continent.  

And yet, it was during these recent days that "walk the walk" whispered in with greater intensity. 

This time I got the connection between walk and experience.
I recognized the experience of (a) the walk, (b) to walk, and (c) the livedness of walking the walk. 

The walk - is the walk - starting out from the house and walking - with ups and downs, sloped footings playing with my ankles, and the various dogs barking in the windows on the left and landscapes including the Rockies on the right.

To walk is obvious - the action of taking steps to maneuver my way forward avoiding icy patches and some doggy doo-done. (The walk is an unleash area, which people interpret as - whatever happens, happens - someone else will pick it up or the snow will do it's thing - urrr!)

And then, there is the livedness of walking the walk. Here is where I got the message about the dynamic balance of walking and the walk weaving together a story that day.

Each walk is different.
Each walk reveals something more.
Each walk adds to my appreciation of the city-nature interface.
Each time I'm walking the walk I see, think, feel, sense so much more now!

As I walk, I experience the islands of parks, grassy knolls, single trees, and groves of trees and shrub. Some tucked away in silence and others surrounded with merriment. 

I experience my livedness of walking the walk with nature as a contributor - sometimes as an educator, other times as companion. My walks are becoming more!

And so --> My walk is a gift I readily accept - and one that will inform my future - and that gives me ideas to share here on Saturday mornings.  

For you ...

Remain alert
to the walk
and walking the walk.
Listen to the stories unfolding
in your head
and those spoken with others 
walking the walk

Onward ... 

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