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Some time ago, I came across a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh, in which he talked about thanking a child for sharing its smile. Part of me dismissed it as an overly-sweet sentiment, but living as I do in a place famed among its own for being a bit cantankerous, (see link for more), the other part of me welcomed the idea. I guess the notion has been working away quietly inside me, because I have recently started to value smiles differently.

Today, as I ran through the park, crossing paths with those who do and those who don’t, it occurred to me that smiling, in Berlin at least, requires a certain amount of confidence, and a definite lack of cool. Bring it on, because as Thich Nhat Hanh also says, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

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Jogging my Mind

I jog. Not very fast and not very far, but regularly enough to say “I jog”. I do it because I like to be outside, because I enjoy the exercise, but also because the simple act of rhythmically putting one foot in front of the other sets my mind free. Thoughts and ideas that have been slumbering or are held down by the day-to-day stuff, come bouncing to the surface. Whoever spoke about “jogging one’s memory” didn’t know how spot-on they were. Or maybe they did…

[1540s, “to shake up and down,” perhaps altered from M.E. shoggen “to shake, jolt, move with a jerk” (late 14c.), of uncertain origin. Meanings “shake,” “stir up by hint or push,” and “walk or ride with a jolting pace” are from 16c. The main modern sense in reference to running as training mostly dates from 1948; at first a regimen for athletes.] Online Etymology Dictionary

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