“There are nights where wolves are silent, and only the moon howls.”
– George Carlin
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
“The sky walked down with the moon in her hand.”
– Frederick L. Knowles
February 9, 2020
Given that it’s the first Super Moon of the year, which also is synchronistically a Snow Moon, I ventured outside last night early in the morning to enjoy it. That made me realize how much I missed writing about the Moon when it’s not interwoven within poetry, which is why I opted to go amble and reimagine the first piece I ever wrote about the Moon as follows.
Not long ago, I wondered at quite a length of time how I would venture through the Moon if I ever had the chance. It didn’t take long for me to conclude that the first thing I thought I would do if I ever had the opportunity to meander through the Moon would be to take a walk. Along, long, long, days-that-never-end type of walk.
Now, walking is something that’s healthy for myriad reasons; walking aids in slowing down your breathing, getting light exercise, becoming mindful, and more. Walking – the action of taking steps – mirrors an individual’s life quite saliently.
While walking, there are times we stumble, just like in life; there are times we can walk faster, or slower, mirroring how we can get so enveloped in our actions that ‘time flies’, or and we can also become so mindful that we slow down not only in bodily movements, but in thought, and so on.
In that sense, walking is the very definition of simplicity: put one step in front of the other at an even rhythm. Simple. And I appreciate simplicity because although simplicity is oft-overlooked, it has resounding effects.
Simplicity leads individuals to individuals not overcomplicating things; it leads to less clutter; it leads to streamlined approach in anything an individual decides; it also helps sear individuals to enjoy the totality of life (when coupled with mindfulness) in its full breadth and scope. More significantly, simplicity, via its very nature, also helps individuals in attaining mindfulness in other areas as well. In that mindfulness, the individual becomes centered and is able to tackle any circumstance.
All of the above reasons, and others, are why I enjoy walks. Whether you walk by yourself, or with others, walking by its very nature slows you down– just like reading. Each of these tasks helps center your mind, which is why I Love doing both of them quite often.
Walking couples you to life, to moments, each and every step. That said, if you have headphones on, your mind might not be engaged in the act of walking and it might be drifting in auto-pilot, which takes away a lot of the mindful and centering benefits of walking (I should know, I’m a pro at making this mistake).
When I’m outside, oft times I wonder, what would it be like to walk on the Moon, and have Earth be part of the canvas in the night sky, rather than the Moon instead? In other words, instead of having the Moon be the pearl that glistens gloriously amid the canvas of the night, what would it be like to have the beautiful blue marble that we currently live in be the majestic view that greets us while standing on the Moon?
Perspective changes everything. Perspective changes thoughts, it changes circumstances, and it changes people. That’s why viewing the Earth from the Moon while walking has always resonated within me to an incredible degree. What do you think walking on the Moon would be like?
You’ve probably never thought of this. Yet, 50 years from now, the average person might be able to walk on the Moon so much that they might take it for granted, kind of like many people take for granted the view of the Moon on Earth. Hopefully not though. If the view of the Moon from Earth is already vibrantly splendid in countless ways, the view of Earth from the Moon would probably be even more inspiring given its kaleidoscope of blue hues and everything else that it contains.
There’s something about that consideration – walking on the moon –that’s different. Not just different, world-view changing type of different. Just like if you imagined yourself being a fish, and living forever (or a lifetime) under water. Bet you never thought about that, huh?
A walk on the moon lets you know anything’s possible, it allows you to see a wholly different perspective, it allows you to enjoy life from a different lens.
Walking on the moon, heck, merely standing on the moon and doing nothing but just being there, seeing the Earth and space from a different vantage point has this invigorating feeling to it. It would be one of the moments in life that would probably change you forever.
Those are some of the best things in life: memorable moments. And moments that change you for the better are the best.
One could argue incisive moments are some of the best parts of life because they have this effect at times that changes you to the core. And why wouldn’t they? If you are growing as an individual, you are evolving, becoming anew. Isn’t that what life is about? Change? Evolution? What’s better than having a hand in that?
You – as an individual – are then not changing because your environment, you are not changing reactively. You are changing proactively because you chose to do something different, and yet, something simple. Something simple that could have life changing effects – walking.
Who could have thought that something so simple, going for a walk, could have so many resounding effects that could even stoke an individual’s evolution?
That’s the power of inspiration.
What inspires you?
This post is about exploring something inherently simple, walking, and coupling that to something complex, imagination. Imagination knows no bounds, while walking does. However, when both are coupled, it adds another dimension to the power of thought, to an individual, to life. Anything that’s coupled to imagination has this effect, I just chose walking because I thought the premise of walking on the moon seemed intriguing in many ways and it’s something I consider when walking at night and I also wanted to push the boundaries of simplicity.
In any case, I hope to write about ‘walking’ more in the future, irrespective of what angle it takes, or where it goes. The above is just written for consideration of how something so simple, the act of walking, can have life changing effects if seen from the right lens.
In fact, anything, seen from the right lens, has that power. That’s a seed for another post if there ever were one. But enough for now, you all have a stellar evening. Don’t forget to go for a walk!
 Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, How To Read A Book – The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading, p. 333.
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