Grandkids Dean and Libby, 2011, Australia
Happy World Sauntering Day!
Never heard of this day till today, but I am all in favor of sauntering whenever possible.
The Wiki article about the day explains, "It is simply to walk slowly, preferably with a joyful disposition. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs. . .
Its purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it."
I think we photo-bloggers are already in the habit of sauntering, otherwise we would miss all those nice things waiting to be seen and photographed.
I learned of World Sauntering Day at this nice Jewish Treats blog post, where it is compared to the positive Jewish character trait known as zreezut (haste).
Jewish living is about balance. One needs to know the appropriate time for z’reezut and the appropriate time for “sauntering.” Indeed, one does not exclude the other. Slowing down allows one to be more aware of others, which may provide a chance to discover new mitzvah opportunities (which one can then hurry to take care of)..