In what passes for a breathless lede on the BBC, Finlo Rohrer writes,

A number of recent books have lauded the connection between walking – just for its own sake – and thinking. But are people losing their love of the purposeless walk?

It seems to me that if there’s a positive link between walking and thinking, then it’s not really so purposeless anymore, is it? Roher’s article lists all sorts of famous folks who are known to have enjoyed a good walk, and that’s not for the exercise value.

It’s hard for the modern overscheduled¬†multitasker to accept the idea of “for its own sake” so I’ll make the observation that a random walk can deliver random insight, or on a more modest scale, a chance encounter with a new place or a new point of view.

a random find on a random walk

And for the modest price of admission, a small insight is more than good enough for me.