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31 August 2012

Flaneuse 3 - the morning walk to work

The morning walk to work is a fundamentally difficult concept. A morning walk to work is a walk inside brackets, is fenced in by time, is a trade-off between mindfulness and speed. The walk becomes an act to maintain a balance between these two things. It becomes a challenge to stay in the present, to not rush ahead to the tasks of the day, to prevent your mind from getting to the office before your body. It is also a challenge to pay just enough attention so that the walk can end at the right time and place. But you don't want to be too conscious of that, because then the lovely free feeling is repressed. Not la Flaneuse's first choice, but it is a very good reminder of how time-poor we are, if a simple unplanned unhurried walk is a luxury occurrence.


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