August 22, 2008
By Josh Brollier, Witness Against War
There is something undeniably therapeutic about walking. Just outside of Lacrosse a psychologist joined our walk for a day and described how it was her practice to take a leisurely stroll with patients during sessions. As we walked along the bike path later that day, I was thinking that if just twice a week we ventured out into the quiet space of nature that surrounds our cities and homes, then the world might be a very different place.
We left Chicago just over five weeks ago with a core group of fifteen walkers and I quickly felt as if these fellow sojourners were lifelong friends. We have heard each other’s stories, laughed at each other’s ridiculous jokes, and we have born each other’s burdens. Though the number of our caravan has fluctuated, each person that comes into the circle brings a unique history, personality, and depth of life experience. Walking two by two gives you the chance to try to really understand each person and to love them right where they are in life’s greater journey.