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Walks and Talks

A good friend of mine told me how he was working
with a team sitting in a conference room and they got stuck. They
weren’t making any progress. So, my friend suggested they have a
walking meeting – i.e., they get up out of their chairs and walk around
the city as a group while continuing to discuss their situation.

Amidst some skepticism, the five of them headed out of the building
into downtown DC, strolling while they talked. It wasn’t long before
there was a breakthrough. The movement helped them break free from
their mental morass.

I have noticed some of my best conversations happen while walking. I
just got back from San Francisco where I met my cousin Eric. I have not
seen him in over twenty years. When we were younger, we had a great,
frank relationship. We could talk about anything. As soon as I met him
on the street outside the building where he works, we picked up where
we left off. For the last two days some of my fondest moments were
spent walking and talking.

No matter where we went, we had something to say to each other: stories
from the past, musings about the future, and recountings of the
challenges of the day. We covered a lot of ground. When I got home I
felt rejuvenated and reconnected to Eric. Nothing beats a good walk and
talk.

Maybe there’s someone you want to take for a walk this week to have a
talk to sort something through or make a strong connection.

Walking with a friend
in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

– Helen Keller

My
grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s
ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.

– Ellen DeGeneres