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“All the conveniences of postmodern life don’t seem to be relaxing us. Pop songs are increasingly about anxiety and depression. “Burnout” has become the buzzword of 2019. We’ve all got problems and don’t know how to solve them, though there’s surely never been a time in history when more advice, self-help books, mindfulness apps, and wellness gurus were so widely available to so many people.
Maybe the proliferation of advice is one of our issues. How do you choose the right solution when there’s too much guidance for any one person to make sense of?
Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, an English professor at Belmont University in Tennessee, has a marvelously simple answer. Go back to the classics. She offers this Latin phrase for your consideration: Solvitur ambulando. Loosely translated, this means, “It is solved by walking,” and by “it” Whitehouse means practically anything.”
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