Sunday stroll

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. = Erich Fromm

Dexter and Comet know the value of a walk in the early morning.  They’ve been missing a decent walk since my return to work last Monday.  Since vacation was to recharge the human spirit,  and your employer’s purpose is to discharge that spirit as much as possible, I bartered long dog walks away last week in exchange for additional working hours.

This morning I made up for it,  partially, with a long walk to the Christmas tree farm.  In a few days,  Friday,  the farm will open for business.   It’s tradition for many local residents  to select a fresh cut  or buy a live tree there, and the smell of fresh-cut pine will fill the air.   And while that is still a few days away,  I am glad that Comet tore me away from my first cup of morning coffee this morning for a walk in the crisp air.




  1. I studied Fromm a little in college decades ago, but these, esp individual and group behavior seem so relevant today. (How a Political Scientist became an engineering technician is probably a subject for psychoanalysis, had I the time!) We differ in views of God and on interpersonal relationships, but in the world he came through, after two world wars, the Cold War, and the social changes he witnessed in his lifetime, I understand how he found a walk refreshing!


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