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  • I was walking along the banks of a reservoir, watching the remnants of the sun fade away on the water. The water had receded a bit since I'd been there last - leaving a shoreline that was both rocky and swampy. I had the sudden realization that it was very important how I chose each step - if I wasn't aware my foot would sink deep in the muck. If I stepped on the wrong rock, it would move and I could wind up twisting an ankle. I stopped to watch a noisy flock of geese make a splash landing on the water.

    This hike became a good opportunity to consider how important stepping carefully and consciously can be. Navigating the soggy bank took time and planning. I hope that the experience stays with me, the feeling I had as I considered each footstep. It's a skill that matters -perhaps now more than ever.
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