Danny James

Tag: exercise

345: Be phenomenal

Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left and live it properly. What doesn’t transmit light creates its own darkness.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Blunt, for we have become tired and soft. Chained to our mistakes. Rebuke tension and avoid the very exercise that increases our strength. But we do not discover our borders by accepting them. Who has wandered their summit untested? How many live lives incomplete, speculating what it’s like to be phenomenal.


It required no less than three separate walks today to reestablish good physical vigour and a more charitable mood, than otherwise would have succeeded sedentarily. New and curious, and I dare say, nearer to ones innateness are the thoughts and resolutions that unsought, will gently approach if the avenues are unfamiliar and no station fixed to the pilgrimage. Every original detail beholds a sensory deliciousness, that one derives thus an improved line of questioning, than rather mysteries point, and though none the wiser, there is advantage.


In my declining years when no more, or merely will my formerly firm limbs take me there I should choose to wander, but failing to comply with the pace of my still fresh fancy’s wonderings, I will renovated recall that divine intersection of my youth, when by some celestial summons I turned over many a morning to the Eastern Beaches Coastal Walk between Bondi and Coogee. The oneness and natural superfluity enjoyed upon my trails, I can not frame. The soul of my art is in arresting the state of man, whose distresses and gladnesses I can tune my instruments to, and thence play to the traveller an accustomed song. For my part, I strain to say the birds, the rock, pools and seas upon which my faculties most rest, are this or that, but of man, verses beset. Often I would hasten myself to a bench where lovers convene and poets paint, to reclaim and map my thoughts before they are among the Constellations of my mind, lost always. One such rescued consideration is this:

He is the best of man who, throughout the seasons of his life, gives to the pursuit of physical prayer his rising hour; he knows the value of man, and up with him after, a gapers borders may go.