How Do You Walk?

An old priest once stopped me and said, “I would love to meet your dad!”
“Why?” I asked laughing, “I hope you don’t want to complain to him about me?”
He smiled, “No Bob, I’ve seen the way you and your brother walk, and am sure you both got your gait from him!”
I thought about my dad and the way he walked, then curiously looked at a glass door and watched myself as I walked towards it. I wondered if I walked like my dad, or whether my dad walked like me!
Walked like me? Now I was curious. How do I walk? Since I’m doing the walking, I don’t notice how I look to others. Maybe I thought I could watch myself amble around to get an idea.
That said, how we walk down a street and how we walk through life are very different things aren’t they? Perhaps I can’t help how I walk down a street, but I want to be intentional about how I walk through life.
Through life, I would love to walk gently. I want to treat all of life – the earth and its people – with reverence. I want to remove my shoes in the presence of holy ground. As much as possible, I want to walk in peace.
I would like to walk lightly, even joyfully, through whatever days I am given. I want to laugh easily, to step carefully in and out of people’s lives and relationships. I don’t want to tread any heavier than necessary.
And throughout life, I think I would like to walk with more humility and less anger, than I’m doing now. Yes, more love and less fear. I’d love to walk confidently, but without arrogance and walk through life in deep appreciation. I want to be genuinely thankful for life’s extravagant, yet simple, gifts – a star-splattered night sky or a cold drink on a hot sweaty day.
And as I walk along with others, I would like to be firm with my steps, but be considerate to match mine with those who walk with me. I wouldn’t like to step on other’s toes or to make people uncomfortable!
If life is a journey, then how I make that journey is important, yes, how I walk through life.
Just like the priest noticed the way I walked, I wonder what others; my family, my friends, think of my walk through life? Do they see me facing challenges with a steady step, or running like a coward?
And then comes another thought; who’s steps are we following? Some earthly guru with feet of clay, or Someone who walked this earth, knows the way and can lead us on, step by step?
How do you walk?




6 thoughts on “How Do You Walk?”

  1. Psychologists say that a person’s walking style reveals his personality. A fast walker is outgoing, a slow walker is cautious, a carefree walker is self confident etc.

  2. In most cases, initially with hope and joy and extreme optimism one tends to gaily skip the miles of life, later when difficulties arise one grudgingly trudges the miles of life . Finally with experience one learns a lot and with faith and confidence one steadily walks the miles of life !

  3. Bob, exactly you have explained how I wish would walk in life, LG if everyone could walk in like manner 👍😊😇

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