Daily Diversion #22: How Long Can I Resist?

"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day."-Henry David Thoreau

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”-Henry David Thoreau

I’m not an early riser, but I like the idea of taking a morning constitutional. Not a plain old walk, mind you: a constitutional. Yes, yes…I know it means the same thing. The latter, however, sounds vigorous and lovely and a bit old-fashioned. As if it takes work, thought, planning. A clear head. For the last few weeks, I’ve been threatening to get up early (for me) and drag my husband to the cemetery down the street. A four-minute drive for an hour’s hike. After sunrise, but before the work day has dawned. It is such a tempting idea, in my head. On paper. The reality will likely find me achy and whiny and yawning for the first half an hour. Yet, yet… the destination is the above scene: vibrant, bright, wild. Serene. All in the shadow of the city. How long can I resist?

4 thoughts on “Daily Diversion #22: How Long Can I Resist?

  1. While the reality rarely matches the vision, I think it’s time for morning constitutionals to make their comeback. They are certainly more appealing than a morning run.


    • I agree, but I have hope! We frequently hike at this location-usually starting at 10:00 AM on my days off. I’m aiming for 8:15 AM on work days. I think it will clear my head and give me energy. I’m always creatively inspired by our walks there. Maybe it will be even better earlier? Or I will be mentally and physically useless for the rest of the day. Who knows? But I love the idea of the morning constitutional, so I am going to give it a whirl!


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