Does just asking the question make you feel ill?

Try to pinpoint the last time you took a purposeless walk through the late spring breeze, when there was no itch in your hand to reach for a mobile device, and you felt like the wind and sky around you had nothing to disclose to you other than the vast and mysteriously sympathy of existence itself. Was it 2007? Or as far back as 1997? Does just asking the question make you feel ill?

~ Michael Brendan Dougherty, from I write on the internet. I’m sorry. (The Week, May 1, 2007)

 


Art: Eiko Ojala with “I found my silence“. The Estonian artist famous for his paperwork released a new personal project with no clue on what media is used in it. This could be a beautiful mix of paper, photography and illustrations but we are gracefully confused, but incline to paper. The only thing we know – it is beautiful (via DesignCollector)

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  1. I’m no fun for this post. I simply love nature to bits. 🍃🍀💚🌷

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  2. My favorite kind of walk…

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  3. Phone goes along for safety, but stays zipped in a pocket. The birds, the bees and the trees, baby, that’s what I’m about when I’m outdoors. ☺️

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    • Role model, there you are again, out front, with your flashlight, leading the way.

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      • I’d love to claim that title, pal, but the narrative is actually closer to, “Grew up on a farm, shoved outside first thing in the morning and told to amuse herself. Discouraged from EVER uttering the words “I’m bored,” as that guaranteed assignment of a task which she most certainly wouldn’t relish. Learned to find joy in nature, discovering such nifty things as ‘When little pigs are born, they each come in their own ziplock bag!’ (Or so her 4-year-old mind deduced…)” You get the gist… 😉

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        • I was in the same world you were in as a youngster except 2500 miles away. I totally get it. Today, 8:36 am, there isn’t a soul, no a single child playing outside. Sad really.

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          • Heartbreaking … I don’t understand it. These kids are missing so much. My brother literally confiscates phones and shoves his daughters out the door. Go for a swim, ride your bike, take a walk…don’t care what ya do, but you are NOT parking yourself in front of the TV or phone all day. They grouse, of course, but once out, they’re off and running. Just. Gotta.Push….

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          • So agree. Including the gotta push part.

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    • Me too! But outside has to be enjoyed in silence. After all — there’s so much sound out there!

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  4. Love Natural Walks, David ~ Phoneless Natural Walks…
    Why; I love it when I’m out and remember I don’t have my mobile ~ YEAH!

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  5. I pinpointed it. It was yesterday. That makes me feel well. Thanks, David!

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  6. When I am in Maine I take many such walks.

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  7. What’s a mobile device?
    Just kidding …. but it never goes with me when I am in my garden or on a walk. Sometimes the world just has to be put on hold, so we can appreciate the details we are missing.

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  8. I have to admit that these days I feel naked without a podcast or audiobook playing in my ears…but am learning that nothing can replace time alone with just nature and my thoughts.

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    • Thanks Hannah. I find that time in nature is refreshing. Yet, back at the house, especially at night, the mind whirs. So in goes the ear buds and the podcasts put me to sleep. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  9. i do love to walk in nature, sometimes with music in my ears or conversation by my side. sometimes with nothing but the birds and the wind.

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  10. No! I usually forget my phone anyway – I’m notorious for forgetting to even turn it on! If I take it, it’s for its tiny camera when I know there will be photo ops but I don’t want to haul something around my neck. Aloha, David.

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  11. Tha last time I took a walk, period, is months back. But I’m gaining on it, I think.

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  12. I’m unpleasant for this post. I essentially cherish nature to bits…

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