“Walking uplifts the spirit.  Breathe out the poisons of tension, stress, and worry; breathe in the power of God.  Send forth little silent prayers of goodwill toward those you meet.  Walk with a sense of being a part of a vast universe.  Consider the thousands of miles of earth beneath your feet; think of the limitless expanse of space above your head.  Walk in awe, wonder, and humility.  Walk at all times of day.  In the early morning when the world is just waking up.  Late at night under the stars.  Along a busy city street at noontime.”

— Wilferd A. Peterson

There is a vast difference between slogging through life, putting one foot in front of the other, and taking a walk.  How would you like to move through the world today?  Will you carry the tension of the day with you and focus on getting from Point A to Point B, or will you take a walk through the day?  Either way, you can get where you are going; but your choice might determine who you will be when you arrive.  There are no rules for when and where to walk.  Walking is not about the time or location.  Walking is an attitude that we choose; and how we choose to walk can have a profound effect on us and on the places we visit.

We are taught that it is good to walk through life with our eyes on the prize that lies at the end of our planned route; but when we focus only on the destination, we lose opportunities to see the things that can enrich our lives and lift our spirits and make us something more when we arrive than we were when we set out on our trip.  When we choose to be a part of the world as we walk, our eyes are opened to people and things that we never noticed before.  When we send out love to the world and to our fellow travelers, we can open the eyes of others as well — both the eyes that look in front of us and the eyes that look inward and see our own souls.

It has been years since I decided to walk attentively and keep my eyes and my heart open as I traveled.  When I added a camera to my walks and let the eyes of my heart focus through the lens, I began to see the splendor of the tiny and unnoticed spots of beauty that make up the colors on the world’s canvas.  When I share my photos, on my blog on on my Facebook page, people often ask me where I go to take my pictures.  When I tell them that I seldom walk more than two miles from my house, they find it hard to imagine that so many wonderful things could exist in such a small area.  I laugh when I hear that my world is small.  When you look through the eyes of your heart, you will see that the place where you walk is made up of threads that are woven into a great tapestry.  When you walk, knowing that you are part of a vast universe filled with wonderful things, you will find that you become small enough to see all the incredible beauty that before has been obscured by your own shadow.

Open the eyes of your heart.  Put your feet in motion.  Pay attention.  Walk in awe, in wonder, in humility — and if we should meet, I hope you will feel the love I send out as we pass.

For more wonderful shots of the beautiful things that make up our ordinary world, visit DebG’s page.