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Or am I part of the disease?

As usual this morning, there is usually one song – and usually one song only – that is set on replay in my brain as I step through the door for my walk.  The song de jour at 6:35 a.m. was Clocks by Coldplay.

There are two lines of the wonderful lyrics that caught my attention. I’d sung the words to myself many times but until today’s stroll had never really applied them to the purpose of my daily jaunt:

Am I part of the cure?

Or am I part of the disease?

I’m sure on a good many things I am part of the disease. But it is this one sliver of doing good where I might contribute to the solution. After 90 minutes of stowing all manner of junk in a thinly stretched bag, it occurs to me there are a whole lot of people who could use some sort of vaccine to remedy their habitual slovenliness.

That, or a lobotomy.

Nearly a bag-buster today. My ounce of cure was worth about 4 pounds of prevention this morning.

Nearly a bag-buster today. My ounce of cure was worth about 4 pounds of prevention this morning.


About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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