Influence.

January 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon” – Konrad Adenauer

 

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Pfeifferhorn Peak

Pfeifferhorn Peak

http://utahpictures.com/Pfeifferhorn1.php

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“Communication is defined not by what is being said but by what is being heard. For this reason, it is vital that you gain a good appreciation of how other people will listen—interpret, process, and assign meaning— to what you have to say before you can influence them effectively.” – Margie Warrell

 

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North Cirque Box Elder Peak

North Cirque Box Elder Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/north-cirque-box-elder-peak-utah/508175

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“It is safe to assume that any individual or group you wish to influence has access to more wisdom than they currently use. It is also safe to assume that they also have considerably more facts than they can process effectively. Giving them even more facts adds to the wrong pile. They don’t need more facts. They need help finding their wisdom. Contrary to popular belief, bad decisions are rarely made because people don’t have all the facts.” – Annette Simmons

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Mount Tuscarora

Mount Tuscarora

http://peakery.com/mount-tuscarora-utah/

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“There was something terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence. No other activity was like it. To project one’s soul into some gracious form, and let it tarry there for a moment; to hear one’s own intellectual views echoed back to one with all the added music of passion and youth; to convey one’s temperament into another as though it were a subtle fluid or a strange perfume: there was a real joy in that–perhaps the most satisfying joy left to us in an age so limited…as our own….” – Oscar Wilde

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Wasatch’s Box Elder Peak

Wasatch’s Box Elder Peak

http://tetonsandwasatch.com/2011/box-elder-peak/

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“You don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.” – Scott Adams

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North Cirque, Box Elder Peak

North Cirque, Box Elder Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/north-cirque-box-elder-peak-utah/508171

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“A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson

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Deer Creek Box Elder Peak

Deer Creek Box Elder Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/deer-creek-box-elder-peak-utah/508188

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“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” – Stephen King

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Limestone bending on the side of the north bowl of Box Elder Peak.

Limestone bending on the side of the north bowl of Box Elder Peak.

http://hiking.hyrumwright.org/hike/Box_Elder_Peak

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“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy

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Learn.

January 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

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Ash Creek Butte

Ash Creek Butte

http://www.sledspace.com/showthread.php?1453-Yesterdays-Ride-out-on-Ash-Creek-Butte!

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“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” – Doris Lessing

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Ash Creek Butte

Ash Creek Butte

http://www.sledspace.com/showthread.php?1453-Yesterdays-Ride-out-on-Ash-Creek-Butte!

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Clan Alpine Mountain Range and Mt Augusta in the distance along US 50 in the Edwards Creek Valley which was on the route of the Pony Express.

Clan Alpine Mountain Range and Mt Augusta in the distance along US 50 in the Edwards Creek Valley which was on the route of the Pony Express.

http://edbookphoto.photoshelter.com/image/I0000R.SENHx.7Tk

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“The best “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” – T.H. White, “The Once and Future King”.

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Energy.

January 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Step out into the space with no path to tread and find the unimaginable.” – Linda Morgan Roach

 

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Gates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park

http://www.adventure-crew.com/2009/06/18/gates-of-the-arctic-national-park-and-preserve/

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““If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out… Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.” – Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture”.

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Noatak National Preserve Caribou

Noatak National Preserve Caribou

http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/frozenground/ecology.html

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“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

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Mancos Shale slopes Gates of the Arctic

Mancos Shale slopes Gates of the Arctic

http://www.landsphoto.com/navigator/north-america/usa/gates-of-the-arctic-national-park-and-preserve/

 

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Gates of the Arctic is a U.S. National Park in Alaska. It is the northernmost national park in the U.S. (the entirety of the park lies north of the Arctic Circle) and the second largest at 13,238 mi² (39,460 km²), about the same size as Switzerland. The park consists primarily of portions of the Brooks Range of mountains. It was first protected as a U.S. National Monument on December 1, 1978, before becoming a national park and preserve two years later in 1980 upon passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. A large part of the park is preserved as a wilderness area; some 11,321 mi² (29,322 km²) of wilderness which with the adjoining Noatak Wilderness Area forms the largest contiguous wilderness in the United States.

The park’s name dates to 1929, when wilderness activist Bob Marshall, exploring the North Fork of the Koyukuk River, encountered a pair of mountains (Frigid Crags and Boreal Mountain), one on each side of the river. He christened this portal the “Gates of the Arctic.”

There are no established roads, trails, visitor facilities, or campgrounds in the park. However, the Dalton Highway (Alaska State Highway 11) comes within five miles (8 km) of the park’s eastern boundary. The National Park Service maintains a small visitor center in nearby Coldfoot on the highway.

The geography contains the arête-peaked Brooks Range and rolling valleys of wild tundra. Fauna include moose, barren-ground grizzlies, Dall sheep, black bears, wolves, and caribou.

http://www.landsphoto.com/navigator/north-america/usa/gates-of-the-arctic-national-park-and-preserve/

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“The universe will use any vehicle and any medium to communicate with us. Our job is to be alert and to listen.” – Elaine Seiler

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USGS Geology in the Parks Map

USGS Geology in the Parks Map

http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/province/alaska.html

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“I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?” – Nicholas Sparks, “The Last Song”.

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Service.

January 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Service is a smile.  It is an acknowledging wave, a reaching handshake, a friendly wink, and a warm hug.   It’s these simple acts that matter most, because the greatest service to a human soul has always been the kindness of recognition.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

 

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Salmo Priest Wilderness Area, Colville National Forest

Salmo Priest Wilderness Area, Colville National Forest

http://www.wildernessphotographs.com/photo.php?id=352

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“Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. when you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

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Mule Deer Colville NP

Mule Deer Colville NP

http://loriaull.wordpress.com/2008/06/28/mule-deer-odocoileus-hemionus/

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“If you make me lunch,” he said, “will you put it in a brown paper bag?…Because when I see kids come to school with their lunch in a paper bag, that means that someone cares about them. Miss Laura, can I please have my lunch in a paper bag?” – Laura Schroff

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Colville NP

Colville NP

http://www.ericzamora.com/galleries/Forests/

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“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” – C.G. Jung

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Snow.

January 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity” – Novala Takemoto

 

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Waucoba Mountain

Waucoba Mountain

http://www.petesthousandpeaks.com/Captions/Archival08/NelPptW/waucv.html

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“She went to the window. A fine sheen of sugary frost covered everything in sight, and white smoke rose from chimneys in the valley below the resort town. The window opened to a rush of sharp early November air that would have the town in a flurry of activity, anticipating the tourists the colder weather always brought to the high mountains of North Carolina.

She stuck her head out and took a deep breath. If she could eat the cold air, she would. She thought cold snaps were like cookies, like gingersnaps. In her mind they were made with white chocolate chunks and had a cool, brittle vanilla frosting. They melted like snow in her mouth, turning creamy and warm.” – Sarah Addison Allen

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Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook

http://www.air-and-space.com/201004%20Saline%20page%201.htm

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“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.” – George R.R. Martin

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Company.

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.” – Robert Browning

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Miles Canyon along the Yukon River, Whitehorse, Yukon

Miles Canyon along the Yukon River, Whitehorse, Yukon

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“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” – C.S. Lewis

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Kakwa Falls

Kakwa Falls

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/kakwa?language=ja_JP

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“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

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Monkman Provincial Park

Monkman Provincial Park

http://www.abc-of-hiking.com/pictures/view-picture.asp?pic=7129

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“Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.” – Dean Koontz, “The Darkest Evening of the Year”.

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Northern end of Monkman Provincial Park

Northern end of Monkman Provincial Park

http://jerriandnorm.blogspot.com/2011/06/heading-on-up-alaska-highway.html

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“My idea of good company, Mr Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversations; that is what I call good company.” – Jane Austen

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Alaska Highway between Watson Lake and Whitehorse

Alaska Highway between Watson Lake and Whitehorse

http://www.stormchaser.ca/Arctic_Road_Trip/Arctic_Road_Trip.html

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“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.” – Rainier Maria Rilke

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Whitehorse, Yukon

http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/gallery_01apr10_page8.htm

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“As soon as we are alone,…inner chaos opens up in us. This chaos can be so disturbing and so confusing that we can hardly wait to get busy again. Entering a private room and shutting the door, therefore, does not mean that we immediately shut out all our inner doubts, anxieties, fears, bad memories, unresolved conflicts, angry feelings and impulsive desires. On the contrary, when we have removed our outer distraction, we often find that our inner distraction manifest themselves to us in full force. We often use the outer distractions to shield ourselves from the interior noises. This makes the discipline of solitude all the more important.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Whitehorse, Yukon

http://web.unbc.ca/~greens/research.html

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“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Appreciate.

January 24, 2013 § 2 Comments

“Our holiday food splurge was a small crate of tangerines, which we found ridiculously thrilling after an eight-month abstinence from citrus…. Lily hugged each one to her chest before undressing it as gently as a doll. Watching her do that as she sat cross-legged on the floor one morning in pink pajamas, with bliss lighting her cheeks, I thought: Lucky is the world, to receive this grateful child. Value is not made of money, but a tender balance of expectation and longing.” – Barbara Kingsolver

 

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Little Grass Valley Reservoir

Little Grass Valley Reservoir

http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/pjmsf/0?gallery=

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“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.” – Carlos Barrios

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Eagle Peak

Eagle Peak

http://www.vibadirect.com/photos/lassen-volcanic-trip.html

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“When you express gratitude for the blessings that come into your life, it not only encourages the universe to send you more, it also sees to it that those blessings remain.” – Steven Richards

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Along the Trail to Eagle Peak

Along the Trail to Eagle Peak

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/36464465

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“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot

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Eagle Peak

Eagle Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/eagle-peak/173588

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“Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen

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