Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Walking Zach, our German Shepherd dog is not done just for the his benefit nor for the exercise that it gives him and his two human companions but it is simply the best time I find for thinking.

Our first walk takes place early in the morning. We almost always walk through the park, pause for some stick throwing and a quick dip in the river and then, once at the park’s end, we decide which route we will take for the rest of the walk. All choices are scenic, quite and serene. The world is only just waking and has that fresh, still asleep look about it.

My husband and I on this first walk of the day are usually lost in our own thoughts; still in that twilight zone where communication outside your own head space is neither welcomed or desired. That comes later in the day but for now we are cocooned in our own little world. My husband, I think, wakes up thinking about his golf game and the technicalities of it and ponders this as he walks, with the occasional practice swing.

I wake up with wonderful ideas and solutions. The perfect phrase has come unbidden to me and I have to give serious thought to these developments. Often by the time we reach our favourite coffee shop an hour or so after we started out, I have a whole chapter ready to write or my toastmasters speech formulated, or solved the dilemma I had been wrestling with.

My theory on why this is so is simply that ,whilst sleeping, the inhibited part of my brain is in bed and the constrained brain is free  to go where it wants. On first waking and in our case walking, because the day is so young the brain has not yet become cluttered with “I must remember I have the watering system on”, “I have to remember to…….”, the daily news, articles from the newspaper and, conversations had. This decluttered brain is still in a state that it can draw on what the creative ideas it formulated whilst I slept.

Whether this reasoning is correct or not, there is no doubt that this time spent walking simply the best dog is also simply the best time to think.


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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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  4. What a wonderful way to start the day. And that you and your husband are both non-talkers in the morning is a blessing.
    it truly is a wonderful time to gather your thoughts for the day before ‘Life’ takes over your brain with all of it’s musts, shoulds and have to’s.


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