Few Know How

“A French author has advanced this seeming paradox;

Very few men know how to take a walk,

and indeed, it is true.

Few know how to take a walk with a prospect of any other pleasure than the same company would have afforded them at home.” – Samuel Johnson April 1750

This written in a time of no cars. I thought that people of 1750 would have walked more than we of 2014.

Actually though, Johnson is not saying that people of his time didn’t walk, but that they didn’t know how to take in the sights along the way.

Walking with a dog, even when listening to a podcast, it is impossible to avoid the sights and, let me not forget, the smells.


14 thoughts on “Few Know How

  1. Carole Webber May 12, 2014 / 7:16 am

    I would skip the podcasts and enjoy the quiet of a country stroll, enjoying the views, looking at the shadows and taking in the smells. Listening to a device would be a distraction for me.

    • fictionfitz May 12, 2014 / 7:29 am

      It is my river running through it.

  2. Carl D'Agostino May 12, 2014 / 7:39 am

    If people are bothersome we now say “take a hike, buddy”.

    • fictionfitz May 12, 2014 / 9:59 am

      Great observation, walk away, or how about bases on balls? And it takes more balls than strikes to take a walk.

  3. Carole Webber May 12, 2014 / 8:50 am

    I realize that for you being technically attached to something is a habit ., call it a river if you must.

    • fictionfitz May 12, 2014 / 9:57 am

      Now that is a humongous observation. Technically attached is a new attribute realized.

  4. jhvn May 12, 2014 / 10:00 am

    In addition to taking in all the sensory awareness available on a walk, becoming aware of the thoughts, emotions, and memories that occur also stimulates and refreshes one — the introverted effects as well as the extaverted ones.

    • fictionfitz May 14, 2014 / 5:43 am

      Said like a genuine geeze

  5. Carole Webber May 12, 2014 / 10:09 am

    Do you ever leave your phone or pod home when you walk ? Try it sometime and see the difference in the quality of your walk,Just a suggestion.

    • fictionfitz May 12, 2014 / 4:01 pm

      A good one Carole and one I followed when first getting Duke. It was wonderful for a week.

  6. Carole Webber May 12, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Do you think you may be adducted to gadgets ? I have two sons-in-law and possibly one son who are ?

    • fictionfitz May 14, 2014 / 5:41 am

      If so, it is like my addiction to books, I am so happy I am. Heaven has to have iPhones.

    • fictionfitz May 13, 2014 / 9:50 am

      That is probably the best way.

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