Who: I and my 82-year-old companion
What: walk 5 km
When: 7 a.m.
Where: the perimeter of our community
Why: for mental and physical well-being
How: briskly with lots of communication
Bonus: All of our senses are stimulated.
Yes, it’s true. Not only do we feel and smell the newborn morning air, and see the changes in Mother Nature’s palette, but we also read each other and communicate with a glance.
This kind of bond is founded on mutual respect, and it works beautifully because we never judge or try to control each other with corrections or criticism or evaluation of the reality of the other. We don’t fill our 45 minutes with telling each other what to do or think or feel, nor how to dress or act or speak. We simply welcome and share personal experiences, perceptions, opinions and feelings . We simply listen and hear and touch each other with our stories of what is important–to us.
Our personal voices have a voice. And two ears.