“If you have a problem to solve, leave it and take a walk”
Earlier in the year I made a commitment to post something that I hoped others would find relevant. With the end of this week upon me and not a single, meaningful phrase constructed, I sensed the walls closing in. The more I thought about what to write, the less I moved about. With a less active body came a less creative mind, that no keystroke or pen to paper was able to solve quickly.
While scanning through my journal of what I've learned from others, two phrases stood out for me:
Singing creates a habit of moving inner feelings, and
Solvitur ambulando if you have a problem to solve, leave it and take a walk.
Since off key singing is reserved for the privacy of the shower and walking is a very public activity, I chose the latter, and set off to test the theory. It wasn't long until I started to take in the openness around me, (especially with the imaginary walls I had created now gone). I turned back and once more at my desk, decided to write about the freedom that walking gives. Naturally, the next step was to google Solvitur Ambulando, and from there write about what it meant to me. One of the first articles to come up during my search was called "It is Solved by Walking". I found it well researched, well written, and it went into far more detail than I would.
As soon as I finished reading the article, I realized that the walk had solved my problem; by linking to what someone else had written, I had stayed within my commitment to a weekly posting that others would find relevant. Well, as least for those of us who like to go for walks.
Jamie is the founder of Life Work Integration, a process that integrates passion with purpose and vision. You can reach him at email@example.com & via twitter @jdouraghy