Quirky quote: Saunter, don’t hike

Kogelberg biosphere reserve (Nadia Krige/Gypsified)

“Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.”

– John Muir

(Just a note: I originally spotted this quote on Year In The Wild’s Facebook page. Check it out for incredible photographs and stories from South Africa’s wild places)

Wise words: You is loved & admired

From: chasingchi.blogspot.com

There’s a powerful scene in The Help where Aibileen repeats an upbuilding mantra to little Mae. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important,” she says.

While I haven’t actually seen the movie (I’ve been meaning to for a while now), I’ve been told about this scene often enough for the words to be familiar.

However, today they became part of my heart-collection: those pieces of advice, compliments, words of encouragement and blessings that I treasure and never want to misplace.

Today my wise and talented mother sent me a personalised version of the mantra, one dedicated just to me. I got it via SMS while sitting at my work desk and just about had to bury my head in the keyboard so as not to be caught with unexpected brimming eyes.

Anyway, I’d like to share it with you, because powerful words of affirmation, like these, need to be paid forward.

We all need to hear them spoken over us, so consider this my speaking it over you.

Hope it touches all your beautiful hearts and eyes, like it did mine:

You is smart.

You is clever.

You is kind. 

You is beautiful.

You is way, way too modest.

Stand up and be counted!

Stand up and be heard!


I was immediately also reminded of a quote doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter yesterday:

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela