christopher howe: i am walking.

It seems like anytime someone wants to do something out of the box or off the grid, the immediate response is “no” and then people need to be convinced as to why it’s worthy and good. It should be the opposite; we should immediately believe in the power of everything to be worthwhile and only second-guess it when we can find a negative.


In 2008 Christopher Howe had a vision, in a dream, of himself walking from his hometown of Los Angeles to Brazil. This was the nascent beginning of I Am Walking. Travelling an inconceivable distance on foot, he’d carry with him hand-written prayers sent to him, and his journey would not only transform himself and allow him to meditate on these most intimate of human wishes and the power of human intention, but the very fact that he was doing something so fantastically unusual would prove in our ability to transcend our own expectations. That our ideas of what should and shouldn’t be done are merely limitations we’ve put on ourselves. As Howe himself said, anything is possible as long as you start putting one foot in front of each other. That, truly, just as Lao Tzu said, “the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

Right now Howe is travelling through Mexico. On his fascinating blog you can follow his progress, send him your own personal prayer, donate to his cause, and if you are willing, most amazingly, you can join him on his journey. For one mile or ten or a thousand, the important thing isn’t how far you go but that you dare to believe in the power of going at all.

I’m amazingly inspired by Howe’s vision. Watch the video below. If your immediate reaction is to doubt and think it’s ridiculous, then I challenge you to answer this question: look into your heart, and instead of telling me why you couldn’t do this… think of all the reasons why you could.

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  1. fivehusbands says:

    Simply amazing.


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