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Journal: Feet

Note: This Journal entry was written on September 10, 2001, as I walked on the Old Tokaido. Take a look at that day's Logbook for more.


It's easy to take 'em for granted. But they are our connection to the earth.

Look at some idioms:

  • knock you off your feet
  • have your feet on solid ground (or firmly planted)
  • get your feet under you
  • be back on your feet
  • be dead on your feet
  • jump in with both feet
  • put your best foot forward
  • have cold feet
  • drag your feet
  • let grass grow under your feet
  • land on your feet

These virtually all have to do with one thing: initiative and ability. The negative terms--cold feet, drag your feet--are about reluctance. The positives--back on your feet, best foot forward--have to do with moving ahead.

A walking man thinks a lot about feet.

Posted September 24, 2019

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