A good walk can infuse more energy into you than you ever imagined–and improve your mood! A good walk can do so much for you!
A few weeks ago, our family traveled to a little village outside of Montreal, Quebec, Canada for a business trip.
During the day, my husband and I met with six other blogging couples, and I also snuck away to work on my book manuscript during much of this trip. Meanwhile, our girls played the day away with more than twenty other kids, the children of the other couples.
After lunch one day, Will asked if I wanted to accompany him on a walk. It was in the mid-60s, sunny, and the leaves on the trees were already dressed in a gorgeous array of fall colors.
Of course I wanted to join him for a good walk!
But as I was lacing up my tennis shoes, our younger two girls spotted me. They hadn’t seen me or Will much at all that day, and they begged me to let them join them for the walk.
The romantic stroll through the village that Will had in mind? As soon as he saw me walk up with the girls, he knew that was out the window.
In fact, during the first few minutes of the walk, Will and I engaged in what a former pastor of ours jokingly refers to as “intense fellowship.”
“Why couldn’t you have just told the girls ‘no’?” he asked.
“Why can’t we just enjoy a family walk with the girls?” I countered.
But by the time we had made it to a picturesque park alongside the river, our moods had changed.
The girls delighted in running through the grass and hopping up to a picnic table to snap a few pictures by a beach.
What this good walk did.
The tension Will and I had felt dissipated, as we observed our girls reveling in the natural beauty all around us: the brilliant leaves still turning on the trees, the daisies growing along the road, the calm waters of the lake, the cotton-like clouds framed in clear blue sky, and the ducks swimming in a pond under a bridge.
It was a refreshing moment that neither of us had expected and that both of us might have missed if the girls hadn’t joined us for this short thirty-minute walk through the village.
We returned back to our cabin rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of the day.