Lifelet: Footsteps

Google captured that I walked on water yesterday.

Walking on water

OK, so the tide was out really far and the Blakely Harbor sandbar was exposed.

Walking to a different perspective

As I returned to shore, there were my footprints.


“Footsteps” was an answer to a daily riddle we shared with our six year old granddaughter:

“The more you take, the more you leave behind.”

And then sometimes, the mud monster reaches down and just grabs your foot as it tries to leave behind a footprint:

Walking IN THE mud

The tidal mud flat got the last laugh on this walking on water dude.

On Day 17 of Groundhog day in the Age of V, where are our collective footsteps going?

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

Henry David Thoreau

What are the footstep thoughts that need to pave my way today?

Family, medical professionals, first responders, colleagues, essential workers at essential businesses, and our fellow global citizens are at the forefront of my thoughts today.  But what about tomorrow?  Are we learning enough to make the changes for our future footsteps and thoughts?

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Rahm Emanual

I search my digital mess to find the inspiring words that once guided DuPont:

“Our principles are sacred. We will respect nature and living things, work safely, be gracious to one another and our partners, and each day we will leave for home with consciences clear and spirits soaring.”

I come across the guiding words of Johnson & Johnson’s credo reprinted in Paul Collier’s The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties:

“We believe that our first responsibility is to the people who use our products.”

I pray that the SCIENTISTS who are searching for vaccines and cures to COVID-19 embody the inspiring words of DuPont and J&J.

These are footsteps worth following.

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