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I enjoyed this one very much. THANK YOU.

Very good article.
Just walking around the block is quite a challange for a blind man.

Lovely and insightful account of your walk, Bill. Thank you!

What a great story!

Your story invoked many thoughts about my times in the woods and mountains here in Colorado. We sighted people take so much for granted. I spend a lot of time hunting outdoors and find myself often training my senses on all aspects of my environment to cover many miles of terrain and elevation changes, detect signs of elk or other quarry with sight, smell, or touch, feel and see the weather conditions changing, feel the impact of my movement across the changing ground and protect my body from harm. I can think of many times when i pushed myself too hard and got into difficult areas at the end of a long day. The risks and perils can be great. I can't imagine tackling such intimacy with nature without vision and yet you do it all the time. I know many men who don't think of their hikes or hunts as a trust relationship with nature. But it can harm you if you do not respect it and handle yourself accordingly. When you learn how terrain flows in a region, you can often predict what lies ahead. That predictability also produces trust of sorts. Thanks for reminding me about something that matters in life.

Hi Bill,
That was a beautiful article and makes me realize how much I take for granted, having sight! You know I have also taken the same walk and now I will have a new prospective and be thankful for so many things.
Your neighbor,

AJ, Bernard, Tony, Vic, Bev, Mark, Barbara and others.

Thank you for demonstrating trust and taking the time to contribute your valuable comments.

Barbra, I am happy I provided some additional insights for your walks.

Mark, your comments reminded me of when I go on hikes in the hills / mountains and sense my surroundings, including wildlife, by auditory signals. Read Hiking Blind: Embrace All Senses for more details.

We look forward to continuing this valuable discussion on trust and hearing your examples with benefits and lessons learned.

Bill Tipton

Contributing Author,
Global Dialogue Center

Beautifully written! I felt like I was right there with you taking the walk. I face similar challenges/opportunities even though I'm not blind. I have limited mobility and have to rely on a number of devices to help me get from point A to point B. I don't let this stop me. I love to go for walks - specially in completely natural settings. On those days that I can stand upright and actually walk, I will take my walker and my canes and head out. It is amazing how many terrains are challenging for someone that must use these types of devices and has limited "leg" control. I have learned to trust in myself, to know my strengths and limitations, to know that there are kind individuals that will willingly help me if I need it, to REALLY "look where I'm going", and most importantly, to relax and enjoy the moment.

Great article! As we approach Thanksgiving, this article reminded me of how thankful I should be about the things in life that many may take for granted.

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