Happiness Is…WALKING

What a wonderful day – twenty people arrived to walk up a hill with Leah Rosenberg and me at Montalvo Arts Center. It was pretty special to see everyone eager to participate in such a simple activity.

Before heading up to the lookout, we planted California poppies, Tidy Tips, Pride of Madiera and Phacelia Gradiflora in Leah’s Seed Confetti bed.

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When Leah and I met about six months ago to talk about developing this walk around happiness, we were actually struggling with this word – happiness. At the time, the idea of happiness occupied a very particular space and set of associations for us.

What did interest us, however, was the clumsy, challenging and surprising space of pursuing happiness – things like process, learning, and moving forward. Turns out, this is what happiness is for us. Yes, it can be a burst of elation, but it is also a journey – which includes everything from falling in love to failing in something you love.

I think Leah’s Seed Confetti is a lovely example of this. She gives us the opportunity to plant the colorful paper seed strips and then anticipate what beauty they will bring – it’s a long term investment. I love the idea that people will return here and see the flowers blooming in this bed.

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After we planted the flowers, we passed out color buttons – each person selected a color that would remind her of an intention for the walk.

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Then we walked up the hill silently, and saw the nine signs I installed along the way.

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Finally after working up a sweat, we arrived at the lookout, where we broke our silence and had a surprise party. Leah made a beautiful cake for the occasion. The cake reflected the favorite colors of the group from a survey we sent to participants prior to the walk. We marveled at the view and the cake.

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Leah served the gorgeous cake to each of us.

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Image by Michele Guieu

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Image by Michele Guieu

We couldn’t have been happier.

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Many thanks to Lauren Baines, Michele Guieu, Jason Disterhoft and Tim Caro-Bruce for taking photos. And most importantly, thanks to everyone who joined us for this experience.



7 Thoughts

  1. Imin Yeh says:

    LOVE! You all can do no wrong in my book!

    imin

  2. Katie Levine says:

    Thank you for taking us on your walk! That was just lovely. Beautiful. Thank you for giving.

  3. Joan says:

    Planting, walking, viewing the Bay Area, eating rainbow cake, and smiling for two hours straight helped me realize how the things I do can make me soooo happy! Thank you :-)

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