tunnel.

April 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” – Corrie Ten Boom

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Wheeler Peak

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/lost-lake-trail-wheeler-peak/

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Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” – Janet Fitch

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Wheeler Peak from Williams Lake

Wheeler Peak from Williams Lake

http://ericsbasecamp.net/trips/WheelerPk/WheelerPk.htm

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“There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Some tunnels just happen to be longer than others.” – Ada Adams

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Wheeler Peak from El Prado, New Mexico

Wheeler Peak from El Prado, New Mexico

http://51853.photoshelter.com/image/I0000bxju84NG500

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“You must take care to light the matches one at a time. If a powerful emotion should ignite them all at once, they would produce a splendor so dazzling that it would illuminate far beyond what we can normally see; and then a brilliant tunnel would appear before our eyes, revealing the path we forgot the moment we were born, and summoning us to regain the divine origins we had lost. The soul ever longs to return to the place from which it came…..” – Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

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Sandia Mountains

Sandia Mountains

http://www.britannica.com/place/Sandia-Mountains

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“If we are taken over by craving, no matter who or what is before us, all we can see is how it might satisfy our needs. This kind of thirst contracts our body and mind into a profound trance. We move through the world with a kind of tunnel vision that prevents us from enjoying what is in front of us. The color of an autumn leaves or a passage of poetry merely amplifies the feeling that there is a gaping hole in our life. The smile of a child only reminds us that we are painfully childless. We turn away from simple pleasures because our craving compels us to seek more intense stimulation or numbing relief.” – Tara Brach

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Organ_Mountains

Organ Mountains

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“Life can be hard and beautiful and messy, but hopefully, it will be long. If it is, you will see that it’s unpredictable, and that the dark periods comes, but they abate — sometimes with a lot of support — and the tunnel widens, allowing the sun back in. If you’re in the dark, it might feel like you will always be there. Fumbling. Alone. But you won’t — and you’re not.” – Gayle Forman

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Jemez Red Rock

Albuquerque Travel Questions Vol. 1

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“The tunnels of our lives connect, coming to daylight at the oddest moments, and then plunge us into the dark again. We return to the lives of those who have gone before us, a perplexing möbius strip until we come home, eventually, to ourselves.” – Colum McCann

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Organ Mountains

Unique Geological Features

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“Always remember the proverb: “This too shall pass.” Your negative feelings won’t last forever, there’s a light at the end of every tunnel. It might not happen today or tomorrow, but you’ll feel better eventually.” – Paul Coelho

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Mount Aetna and Mount Taylor

Mount Aetna and Mount Taylor

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-aetna-and-mount-taylor/548318

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“Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.” – Teresa Tsalaky

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Sheepshead Peak

Sheepshead Peak

http://peakery.com/sheepshead-peak-sangre-de-cristo-range/

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“In the beginning, spirituality is a seeking practice. We seek peace, we seek joy, we seek wisdom, we seek awakening, we seek self betterment. Farther down the road, the realization comes that we already are the peace and joy and wisdom and awakening and self betterment that we seek. At that point, spirituality becomes what it is… Not a practice of seeking anything. But a practice of uncovering what was there inside you all along. You already are the light at the end of the tunnel. You already are the wisdom, you already are the peace, you already are the joy. You already are awakened, you already are perfect. All that’s left is for you to discover that you are.” – Teal Scott

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Truchas Peak

Truchas Peak

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/10524704

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“I have a hunch from reading about old passageways that there may be one or more rooms off this tunnel,” Nancy told Captain Rossland.” – Carolyn Keene, The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew mystery)

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Organ Mountains

http://wilderness.org/it%E2%80%99s-official-new-mexicos-organ-mountains-desert-peaks-our-newest-national-monument

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“Relativity and quantum mechanics have demonstrated clearly that what you find out with instruments is true relative only to the instrument you’re using, and where that instrument is located in space-time. So there is no vantage point from which ‘real’ reality can be seen; we’re all looking from the point of view of our own reality tunnels.” – Robert Anton Wilson

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tapestry.

April 12, 2016 § 1 Comment

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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La Sal Mountains from Island In The Sky

La Sal Mountains from Island In The Sky

http://www.summitpost.org/la-sal-mountains-from-island-in-the-sky/800865

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“Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness—even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile—reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will. All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined—those dead, those living, those generations yet to come—that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands. Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength—to the very survival of the human tapestry. Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in this momentous day.” –  Dean Koontz

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Cecret Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon

http://clintlosee.photoshelter.com/image/I0000xEuu0H_RKGI

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“If we were always conscious of the fact that people precious to us are frighteningly mortal, hanging not even by a thread, but by a wisp of gossamer, perhaps we would be kinder to them and more grateful for the love and friendship they give to us.”- Dean Koontz

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Henry Mountains

Henry mountains

http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/nonscientific_adventures/canyonland_arches.htm

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“Life is a tapestry woven by the decisions we make.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Box Elder County

Box Elder County

Utah Department of Transportation – Box Elder County I-15 Improvements

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“I have come to believe that we do not walk alone in this life. There are others, fellow sojourners, whose journeys are interwoven with ours in seemingly random patterns, yet, in the end, have been carefully placed to reveal a remarkable tapestry.” – Richard Paul Evans

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American Bison in the Henry Mountains

Rare, genetically-pure bison found in Utah’s Henry Mountains

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“A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose — and don’t let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to). You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don’t ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredibly unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.”   – Leo Buscaglia

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Stansbury Mountains

Stansbury Mountains

http://www.summitpost.org/utah-western-desert-ranges/190033

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“Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I left my coat behind after a party, that is where I met my love; I cried there once, I was heartsore; but felt better round the corner once I saw the hills of Fife across the Forth, things of that sort, our personal memories, that make the private tapestry of our lives.” – Alexander McCall Smith

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American Fork Canyon

American Fork Canyon

http://www.wasatchhiker.com/

 

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“Each soul path is a divine unique fingerprint and its existence adds to the beautiful tapestry of the cosmos. “Life is a series of defining moments, cross roads and gateways as each door closes and new ones open. Always and in all ways follow the heartbeat of your own soul which is the path filled with light and love.”   – Jan Porter

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Cache Vally Mountains

Cache Valley

http://www.lisaudy.com/photo-contest.php

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“Our right brain perceives the big picture and recognizes that everything around us, about us, among us and within us is made up of energy particles that are woven together into a universal tapestry. Since everything is connected, there is an intimate relationship between the atomic space around and within me, and the atomic space around and within you – regardless of where we are. On an energetic level, if I think about you, send good vibrations your way, hold you in the light, or pray for you, then I am consciously sending my energy to you with a healing intention. If I meditate over you or lay my hands upon your wound, then I am purposely directing the energy of my being to help you heal.” – Jill Bolte Taylor, “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

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Mt Nebo

Mount Nebo taken from southwest of Nephi on I-80 at sunset. February 23, 2005

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“Globetrotting destroys ethnocentricity, helping us understand and appreciate other cultures. Rather than fear the diversity on this planet, celebrate it. Among your most prized souvenirs will be the strands of different cultures you choose to knit into your own character. The world is a cultural yarn shop, and Back Door travelers are weaving the ultimate tapestry.” – Rick Steves

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breakthrough.

February 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

“There are no drive-thru breakthroughs. Breakthroughs take time.” – Joyce Meyer

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Near Sand Canyon trail

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/canyon-of-the-ancients-national-monument/

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“I believe the best managers acknowledge and make room for what they do not know—not just because humility is a virtue but because until one adopts that mindset, the most striking breakthroughs cannot occur. I believe that managers must loosen the controls, not tighten them. They must accept risk; they must trust the people they work with and strive to clear the path for them; and always, they must pay attention to and engage with anything that creates fear. Moreover, successful leaders embrace the reality that their models may be wrong or incomplete. Only when we admit what we don’t know can we ever hope to learn it.” – Ed Catmull

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

http://clminternship.org/blog/?p=1012

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“The key is to take a larger project or goal and break it down into smaller problems to be solved, constraining the scope of work to solving a key problem, and then another key problem.
This strategy, of breaking a project down into discrete, relatively small problems to be resolved, is what Bing Gordon, a cofounder and the former chief creative officer of the video game company Electronic Arts, calls smallifying. Now a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Gordon has deep experience leading and working with software development teams. He’s also currently on the board of directors of Amazon and Zynga. At Electronic Arts, Gordon found that when software teams worked on longer-term projects, they were inefficient and took unnecessary paths. However, when job tasks were broken down into particular problems to be solved, which were manageable and could be tackled within one or two weeks, developers were more creative and effective.” – Peter Sims

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near Canyon of the Ancients

The upper part of the west fork can be accessed along the extension of County Road N, about 2.7 miles west of the north Sand Canyon trailhead.

4cornershikesancients.blogspot.com

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“breakthroughs come when people learn how to take the time to stop and examine their assumptions.” – Peter M. Senge

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Petroglyphs Canyon of the Ancients

Petroglyphs Canyon of the Ancients

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/canyon-of-the-ancients/

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“Our decisions make us who we are. The lines between success and failure, friendship and missed connection, happiness and unhappiness, barrier and breakthrough, are far thinner than we might imagine. Our mentality, and the decisions we make based on that mentality, play a huge role in our trajectory through life.” – Jess Tevelow

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archaeology.

February 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

“…as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’ it was all I could do to get out the words, ‘Yes, wonderful things.” – Howard Carter

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Wheeler Peak 2

Wheeler Peak

http://northernnevadaphotography.com/index.php?pg=30

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“The geologist takes up the history of the earth at the point where the archaeologist leaves it, and carries it further back into remote antiquity.” – Bal Gangadhar Tilak

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Wheeler Peak

Wheeler Peak

http://peakery.com/wheeler-peak-snake-range/

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“To become aware of what is constant in the flux of nature and life is the first step in abstract thinking. The recognition of regularity in the courses of the heavenly bodies and in the succession of seasons first provides a basis for a systematic ordering of events, and this knowledge makes possible a calendar. … Simultaneously with this concept, a system of relationships comes into the idea of the world. Change is not something absolute, chaotic, and kaleidoscopic; its manifestation is a relative one, something connected with fixed points and a given order.” – Helmut Wilhelm

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Muddy Mountains

Muddy Mountains

http://www.summitpost.org/muddy-mountains/402581

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“I wrote a line in a song once: “We are never broken.” I believe that truly. It is a hard-earned belief, and rose out of many years of experiencing the opposite. I believe we forget who we are over time, and in our state of forgetfulness we struggle and employ all kinds of learned behaviors that don’t necessarily help us or bring us happiness. Each of us has a self that exists undamaged and whole, from the moment we are born, waiting to be reclaimed. My life has not been about fixing what is broken. It has been about engaging in a loving and tender archaeological dig back to my true self.” – Jewel

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mosaic.

February 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.” – Anais Nin

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Klamath River

Klamath River

http://vacations.humboldtca.com/Natural_Beauty.html

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“The course and affairs of our individual life, in view of their true meaning and connection, are like a piece of crude work in mosaic. So long as one stands close in front of it, one can not correctly see the objects presented, or perceive their importance and beauty; it is only by standing some distance away that both come into view. And in the same way one often understands the true connection of important events in one’s own life, not while they are happening, or even immediately after they have happened, but only a long time afterwards.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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joy.

February 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” – W.H. Auden

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DSC04523 Rio Grande Gorge near Taos

Rio Grande near Taos, NM

http://geotripper.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-abandoned-landsa-journey-through_16.html

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“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” – Tom Bodett

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Rio Grande

http://nm.audubon.org/

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“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

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Organ Mountains 1

Organ Mountains

http://www.summitpost.org/organ-mountains-near-sunset/367126

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“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” – Richard Bach, Illusions.

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San Mateo Mountains

San Mateo Mountains

http://wilderness.org/photographic-tour-through-some-new-mexico%E2%80%99s-unprotected-hidden-gems

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“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” – Kahlil Gibran

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Baylor Pass, Organ Mountains

Baylor Pass, Organ Mountains

http://itonlycomesnaturally.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-mexico-hike-to-baylor-pass-organ.html

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“For Equilibrium, a Blessing:
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.” – John O’Donohue

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Sandia

http://www.captainsjournal.com/category/mountains/

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“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.” – Victoria Moran

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Organ Mts-Rabbit Ears

Scenic Qualities

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“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.” – Anthon St. Maarten

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Organ Mountains

http://wilderness.org/it%E2%80%99s-official-new-mexicos-organ-mountains-desert-peaks-our-newest-national-monument

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“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran

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Organ Mountains

http://www.shltrip.com/More_from_New_Mexico.html

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“We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Organ_Mountains

Organ Mountains

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“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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balance.

February 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, it’s name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and health. The clock is running. Make the most of today.” – Marc Levy

 

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Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument

http://www.businessinsider.sg/best-unknown-us-tourist-attractions-2015-10/#.VrZBQFJSKRI

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“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” – Osho

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Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park

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“There is no doubt that solitude is a challenge and to maintain balance within it a precarious business. But I must not forget that, for me, being with people or even with one beloved person for any length of time without solitude is even worse. I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces. I must have time alone in which to mull over my encounter, and to extractits juice, its essence, to understand what has really happened to me as a consequence of it.” – May Sarton

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Rainbow Bridge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Bridge_National_Monument

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“The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?” – Oscar Wilde

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