permission.

December 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Perfection is an illusion. Allow yourself room to make mistakes and permission to be happy regardless of outcome.” – Dawn Gluskin

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

https://greenv4.com/petrified-forest-buildings-named-national-treasure/

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When you don’t have to ask for permission, innovation thrives.” – Steven Johnson

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

http://www.conservationfund.org/projects/petrified-forest-national-park-arizona/

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“Change occurs at the edges, without permission.” – Patti Digh

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redemption.

December 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Not every story has a happy ending, … but the discoveries of science, the teachings of the heart, and the revelations of the soul all assure us that no human being is ever beyond redemption. The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists. How to support that possibility in others and in ourselves is the ultimate question.” – Gabor Mate’

 

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Carson National Forest

Carson National Forest

http://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/2014/05/

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Sorry means you feel the pulse of other people’s pain as well as your own, and saying it means you take a share of it. And so it binds us together, makes us trodden and sodden as one another. Sorry is a lot of things. It’s a hole refilled. A debt repaid. Sorry is the wake of misdeed. It’s the crippling ripple of consequence. Sorry is sadness, just as knowing is sadness. Sorry is sometimes self-pity. But Sorry, really, is not about you. It’s theirs to take or leave.

Sorry means you leave yourself open, to embrace or to ridicule or to revenge.Sorry is a question that begs forgiveness, because the metronome of a good heart won’t settle until things are set right and true. Sorry doesn’t take things back, but it pushes things forward. It bridges the gap. Sorry is a sacrament. It’s an offering. A gift.” – Craig Silvey

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Gila National Forest

Gila National Forest

http://www.redbubble.com/people/vkpelham/works/5530274-gila-national-forest-new-mexico-usa

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“Your dignity can be mocked, abused, compromised, toyed with, lowered and even badmouthed, but it can never be taken from you. You have the power today to reset your boundaries, restore your image, start fresh with renewed values and rebuild what has happened to you in the past.” – Shannon L. Alder

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Jemez Falls in the Santa Fe National Fores

Jemez Falls in the Santa Fe National Forest

http://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/landscape-photograph/

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“When someone you love dies, you are given the gift of “second chances”. Their eulogy is a reminder that the living can turn their lives around at any point. You’re not bound by the past; that is who you used to be. You’re reminded that your feelings are not who you are, but how you felt at that moment. Your bad choices defined you yesterday, but they are not who you are today. Your future doesn’t have to travel the same path with the same people. You can start over. You don’t have to apologize to people that won’t listen. You don’t have to justify your feelings or actions, during a difficult time in your life. You don’t have to put up with people that are insecure and want you to fail. All you have to do is walk forward with a positive outlook, and trust that God has a plan that is greater than the sorrow you left behind. The people of quality that were meant to be in your life won’t need you to explain the beauty of your heart. They already understand what being human is—-a roller coaster ride of emotions during rainstorms and sunshine, sprinkled with moments when you can almost reach the stars.” – Shannon L. Alder

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Carson National Forest

Carson National Forest

http://www.wildlifearoundus.com/Nature/National-Parks/Carson-National-Forest/

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“Relinquishing resentment is redemption” – Priyanka Deshmukh

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40 acres  Alamocita Creek NM

40 acres Alamocita Creek NM

http://nmwestproperties.com/close-cibola-national-forest-state-lands-remote-rugged-grid-alamocita-creek-offers-40-acres-3500000/

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“The greatest damage done by neglect, trauma or emotional loss is not the immediate pain they inflict but the long-term distortions they induce in the way a developing child will continue to interpret the world and her situation in it. All too often these ill-conditioned implicit beliefs become self-fulfilling prophecies in our lives. We create meanings from our unconscious interpretation of early events, and then we forge our present experiences from the meaning we’ve created. Unwittingly, we write the story of our future from narratives based on the past…Mindful awareness can bring into consciousness those hidden, past-based perspectives so that they no longer frame our worldview.’Choice begins the moment you disidentify from the mind and its conditioned patterns, the moment you become present…Until you reach that point, you are unconscious.’ …In present awareness we are liberated from the past.” – Gabor Mate’

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chance.

December 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives, the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment that connects like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swiveled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.” – Bryce Courtenay

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Road near La Honda

Road near La Honda

http://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/la-honda/

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“In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.” – Jeanette Winterson

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Skyline Drive near La Honda

Skyline Drive near La Honda

http://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/la-honda/

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“But I don’t believe coincidences are chance events. I think they’re the times we happen to see the mysterious pattern connecting everything.” – Julie Gittus

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park

http://pixgood.com/portola-redwoods-state-park-wedding.html

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“The world can accommodate your situation, as it accommodates all situations. And your body will keep explaining to you how it all works, this original experiment, this lifelong gift. Your body will keep describing how, for the first time being at least, there is no escape from this particular vessel. These are your atoms. This is your consciousness. These are your experiences–your successes and mistakes. This is your first and final chance, your one and only biography. This is the existential container, the bowl of your life’s soup, wherein something can be made sense of, wherein there is a cure, wherein you are.” – Sarah Hall

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Old La Honda Road summit

Old La Honda Road summit

http://windinmyface.com/rides-OldLaHonda.html

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“So much of what happens by chance forms what becomes your life.”  – Roger Ebert

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San Gregorio

San Gregorio

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g33017-San_Gregorio_California-Vacations.html

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“How do you calculate upon the unforeseen? It seems to be an art of recognizing the role of the unforeseen, of keeping your balance amid surprises, of collaborating with chance, of recognizing that there are some essential mysteries in the world and thereby a limit to calculation, to plan, to control.” – Rebecca Solnit

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end.

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

“For me, the times I always regret are missed opportunities to say farewell to good people, to wish them long life and say to them in all sincerity, “You build and do not destroy; you sow goodwill and reap it; smiles bloom in the wake of your passing, and I will keep your kindness in trust and share it as occasion arises, so that your life will be a quenching draught of calm in a land of drought and stress.” Too often I never get to say that when it should be said. Instead, I leave them with the equivalent of a “Later, dude!” only to discover there would be no later for us.” – Kevin Hearne

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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest

http://www.discovernw.org/store_clearwater_2CLWA/

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“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”  – Pico Iyer

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Sandia Crest

Sandia Crest

http://www.nationalforests.org/blog/10-best-of-national-forests

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“The direction you choose to face determines whether you’re standing at the end or the beginning of a road.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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class.

December 11, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Braininess is not attractive unless combined with some signs of elegance; class.” – Alice Munro

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Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

http://arizona.sierraclub.org/monuments/vermilion/vermilion.html

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“People think that the word “class” involves the color black, wearing Chanel No. 5 and carrying a Louis Vuitton. The word “class” and “classy”, to me, mean what happens when you are able to be thankful, able to give and be a true friend to anybody regardless of their background and where they come from. That’s class. It’s a beautiful wave that washes away faults and paints things in a graceful light….” C. Joybell C.

 

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Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

http://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument

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“You can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons; the next, by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things; the highest, by their preference for the discussion of ideas.” – Henry Thomas Buckle

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Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

http://arizona.sierraclub.org/monuments/parashant/parashant.html

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“Class never runs scared.
It is sure-footed and confident.
It can handle anything that comes along.
Class has a sense of humor.
It knows a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations.

Class never makes excuses.
It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes.
Class knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of small, inconsequential sacrifices.

Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with ancestors or money.
Some wealthy “blue bloods” have no class, while individuals who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it.

Class is real.
It can’t be faked.

Class never tried to build itself by tearing others down.
Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse.

Class can “walk with kings and keep it’s virtue and talk with crowds and keep the common touch.” Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because that person is comfortable with himself.

If you have class, you’ve got it made.

If you don’t have class, no matter what else you have, it doesn’t make any difference.” – Ann Landers

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care.

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Everything that happens to you matters to me.” – Cassandra Clare

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Storm in CO

http://www.underthemeso.com/blog/?paged=57

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“It isn’t a weakness to accept kindness. It isn’t a weakness to allow yourself to be cared for.” – Julie Anne Long

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survive.

December 6, 2014 § 2 Comments

“Being a part of the world in a healthy, mindful, present sense means learning to have complete faith that things will work out. Living in this world means that instead of cowering away, or giving up when the going gets a bit tough, get up and keep going. You’re not here merely to survive or fight your way through the world.” – Leigh Hershkovich

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Colorado River

Colorado River

http://excessivelocity.blogspot.com/2008/12/grand-canyon-az-views-from-south-rim.html

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“The thing was, if you wanted to survive you had to keep going, Natalie had decided. Even when it hurt. Sometimes, she had discovered, you has to walk around the holes in your life, instead of falling into them.” – Priscilla Cummings

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