Word of the Week – Week # 20

Hello everyone and welcome!

Our word of the week was inspired by a quote that my sister K.C. shared with me.

The word is saunter and it is defined by Merriam Webster as:

 to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner STROLL

and here is the quote that inspired this post

While I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Muir’s premise I would like to amend it slightly by stating that we don’t need to be in the mountains to reap benefits from sauntering. I often saunter around our farm and allow the natural environment to fill my senses. I see various flowers in bloom, seeds sprouting up through the soil, a bird’s nest in a tree or a hawk flying high over head. I might hear the rustling leaves, frogs singing, bees buzzing, or the call of a male pheasant somewhere in the field. I might smell fresh cut grass, lilacs or autumn olives in bloom, or mulch that is being added to the prayer garden. I often smile as I feel the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, or the grass under my bare feet. Perhaps I even enjoy the savory taste of a chive that I’ve pull from the bunch, the sweetness of a ripe strawberry, or the freshness of a mint leaf I’ve plucked off the stem. All these things I would have missed if I’d been in a hurry.

You see sauntering allows us the time to enjoy some of life’s most simple pleasures.

Wishing you a wonderful week. πŸ™‚

Are you a saunterer?

20 thoughts on “Word of the Week – Week # 20

  1. I saunter too Ruth. There are a couple of women walkers who I encounter only in the Summer months (one works for the school system and is off all Summer; the other goes to Florida November to May and rides her bike most mornings). They racewalk. They ask me occasionally to walk with them – not my “thing” … why walk so fast you can’t catch your breath when you’re in a beautiful setting? Beats me Ruth!

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      1. Thanks Ruth. I usually walk the longest on the weekends – six miles, at the larger venues, but I am walking leisurely while taking pictures. The rest of week it is at the Park (sometimes weekends too but five miles and no race walking!

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    1. I think scout and Trooper were between 8 and 10 years old before the slowed down. Ranger is usually nose to the ground and if he picks up the scent of a bunny or squirrel it’s nearly impossible to hold him back.

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  2. I am a ponderer and a saunterer combined, making it a sauntering with plenty of pondering too, usually armed with a camera πŸ™‚

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  3. I agree it’s not just the mountains ( although I do love them) but all of nature that is the holy land. Sauntering in nature is truly healing for mind, body, and soul. My daily walks have strengthened me in more ways than I ever imagined.

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  4. That was a lovely piece of writing Ruth….very descriptive of sauntering and the joys of nature. I saunter, or stroll, when I take my daily walks, which is why I can’t walk with someone else, as they always walk too fast. To them the point is the exercise, to me it’s the view and what new things I might see.

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