I woke up this morning and we didn’t have any coffee.

This has happened before, and when it has happened it hasn’t been a problem. Within a one and a half mile radius of my house there is about four places that sell coffee, both grounds and already brewed. So when it does happen I usually jump in the car and make a quick trip to the grocery store or the convenience store and pick up a pack to brew at home.

This morning I did something different.

I was going to hop in the car and make the trip to the store. It would have taken me less than ten minutes before I was spooning grounds into the coffee machine.

But when I looked outside and saw the first cool autumn morning I couldn’t help myself. I had to get out in the crisp air and take in the newborn morning.

It was a little later than I normally wake up, but it was still too early for most of the world to be moving about. The temperature was a perfect fifty degrees. The birds were chirping and the sun was just pushing past the horizon.

So I walked to the supermarket and back. A little less than two miles round trip. I skipped taking the earbuds and listening to a podcast and instead listened to the sounds of the world. The sounds of my feet hitting the ground, the leaves rustling in the breeze, the birds chirping, and a few dogs begging to be let out of their houses.

I have already been teaching my kids that walking is good for them in more ways than one. This morning I reminded myself of that very lesson.

Of course there is the physical benefit of actually walking, but there is also the mental benefit. Especially when walking early in the morning when there is quiet. No man made noises. Just you and the atmosphere around you.

I thought about how many times we jump in the car to run a quick errand. Or the times we wake up with just enough time to get ourselves ready and rush out the door to drive to our first obligation of the day.

What if we just went for a walk?

What if we just went for a walk more often, even when we didn’t need to walk anywhere?