The ocean was steps away on one side and the pool steps away on the other. In between, palm trees weaved in and out of the tropical landscape.
I was struck by the way people walked as they paraded by. Some walked briskly with a whistle in their step as if they heard the music of life in their minds. Others shuffled along, heads down, shoulders slumped barely making one foot follow the other. From teenagers to seniors the technique was divided.
I recently read an article about the correlation between the speed a person walks and their life expectancy. According to the article the faster a person walks the more days, years and time they have to enjoy life.
This concept ran through my mind as I watched the parade. I was confused by how anyone could walk with such lackluster enthusiasm in a place that would be considered paradise by anyone's standards. Why do so many walk the (Winnie The Pooh) Eeyore Walk, with the gloomy cloud of desperation circling them.
Occasionally, a child zipped through the procession - cackling with excitement and in a hurry to get to where they were going.
Have you ever seen a baby take its first steps? They don't take them with their head down in cautious fear of falling. They take the first step with their head up, smiling and bursting with accomplishment. They take one, then another in rapid succession until they reach the arms of someone waiting to catch them. Once successful they are in a hurry to try it again. They have a long, long life to live and are excited for each step. They don't really learn to walk....they learn to quick step, to stride, to RUN!
Anyone that has ever been around young children knows... we are usually telling them to slow down, don't run in the house ....... But why? They know something we have forgotten...they have a lot of days to live and they welcome them with hurried enthusiasm. They are walking the "Happy Walk" of life!
On this sunny day, I smiled for those who walked the Happy Walk. I hurt for those who let the concerns of life slow them to the walk of fear, disappointment and sadness. If only they could throw their shoulders back, lift their heads and smile as they hear the music of life in their ears and walk the Happy Walk adding days and years to their lives with every step.
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Pennie's Life Lesson:
"Hear the music of life in your mind
and walk the Happy Walk!"
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My intent in sharing this with you is to encourage you to walk with happiness in your step!
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