work.

January 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

“The world of my work is changing, and my professional identity, direction and security are unsettled.

It seems discouraging to think of all the time and effort I have invested. It seems like a sacrifice. Perhaps I can begin to understand the original meaning of the word: “to make sacred”.

Perhaps this is a sacred passage in which my insecurity is sacrificed for trust in whatever is to come.

As one form dissolves, another takes its place. My work now is to seek and to recognize a new form that will provide the opportunity for growth and reward.” – Noela N. Evans

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

http://katiejorentz.blogspot.com/2013/11/kings-canyon-and-sequoia-national-parks.html

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“One source of frustration in the workplace is the frequent mismatch between what people must do and what
people can do. When what they must do exceeds their capabilities, the result is anxiety. When what they must do falls short of their capabilities,
the result is boredom. But when the
match is just right, the results can be glorious. This is the essence of flow.” – Daniel H. Pink

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Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

http://terraphotographica.com/blog/

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“Whatever you make, base it upon that which is most important to you. Only then will it have depth and meaning, and only then will it resonate with others.” – Christopher Paolini

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Sequoia KCNP

Sequoia KCNP

http://mowryjournal.com/2014/01/07/winter-in-the-sierra/

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“I often think about dogs when I think about work and retirement. There are many breeds of dog that just need to be working, and useful, or have a job of some kind, in order to be happy. Otherwise they are neurotically barking, scratching, or tearing up the sofa. A working dog needs to work. And I am a working dog.” – Martha Sherrill

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Sequoia Grove

Sequoia Grove

http://www.artinnaturephotography.com/photo/snowy-winter-sequoia-grove/

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“Imagine that you are stuck on a long train ride and must choose one of two books to read in order to pass the time: the first is a novel whose main character is an office worker who is essentially working to pay his monthly cable bill; the second is about someone who decides to travel in South America (and of course encounters various setbacks in the process), but who pushes beyond the boundaries of conventional American life. Which… book would you pick up to read? Indeed, which of the two characters would you rather be?” – Mark Thompson

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integrity.

January 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” – Barbara De Angelis

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Pueblo Bonito

Pueblo Bonito

http://www.larrylindahl.com/the-ancients-in-chaco-canyon/

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“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.” – Czeslaw Milosz

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Chaco Sun Dagger

Chaco Sun Dagger

http://discoverhistorictravel.com/archaeoastronomy/

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“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will. Integrity is not a search for the rewards of integrity. Maybe all you ever get for it is the largest kick in the ass the world can provide. It is not supposed to be a productive asset.” – John D. MacDonald

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Doorway in Pueblo Bonito

Doorway in Pueblo Bonito

http://sarweb.org/?lecture_energy_consumption_and_the_rise_of_chacoan_society

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“A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.” – Jacqueline Bisset

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

http://galleryhip.com/chaco-culture-national-historical-park-camping.html

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“Within the depths of authenticity lives integrity; waiting for our return. When we arrive, we are met with effortless joy, abundant living, peace and wholeness–nothing lacking, nothing broken. This is soul equanimity, the state of pure alignment with will of Source and will of self.” – LeShaun Middlebrooks Collier

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Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

http://wilderness.org/blog/oil-and-gas-drilling-could-dim-night-sky-chaco-canyon

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“It makes me sad that so many people feel they’re only allowed to show their best face, while their humanity and vulnerabilities are forbidden and hidden. How else do we connect, but by commonality, by mutual understanding and truth in life’s experiences? Whether it makes you smile or cringe, a truth spoken is a healing thing.”  – Jennifer DdeLucy

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Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

http://www.summitpost.org/chaco-canyon-new-mexico/622734

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“Integrity is congruence between what you know, what you profess, and what you do.” – Nathaniel Branden

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try.

January 22, 2015 § 3 Comments

“A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein

 

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Milsap Falls Plumas National Park

Milsap Falls Plumas National Park

http://swimmingholesofcalifornia.blogspot.com/2013/09/milsap-bar-falls-swimming-hole-plumas.html

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“Life requires us to do things anyway, despite what sort of fear or monster or tragedy or suffering lurks behind that anyway.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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 Plumas National Forest

Plumas National Forest

http://ayay.co.uk/background/scenic/snow/Plumas-National-Forest-California/

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“Don’t be afraid to try, because you never look back on life and smile at what you could have attempted. Joy only brightens your countenance over those things you did attempt.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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believe.

January 20, 2015 § 1 Comment

“The patterns we perceive are determined by the stories we want to believe.” – John Verndon

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Lone Pine from Mount Whitney

Lone Pine from Mount Whitney

http://therealoutdoorsman.com/2014/09/03/mount-whitney/

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“When you delete impossible from your thinking, you give yourself permission to imagine, to believe, to try, and to accomplish phenomenal things.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Mount Whitney Crest

Mount Whitney Crest

http://www.sierradescents.com/photos/whitney/mount-whitney-crest.html

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“Nothing profound ever happens in your life when you remain in your comfort zone.” – Bill Courtney

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power.

January 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” – Margaret Thatcher

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Lake Shasta

Lake Shasta

http://www.ztopics.com/Lake%20Shasta/

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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

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Trinity Lake

Trinity Lake

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Lake

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“I have a formula for knowing if the next step is the right one: If you feel both excited and scared, that is it. If you’re just excited and not afraid, there is no challenge, no stretching, no initiation; you are still in your safe zone, and growth is unavailable. If you’re just afraid, there is no positive motivation. Why walk through fear unless there is something you are walking toward? But if you are simultaneously turned on and frightened, do it and watch your growth skyrocket.

You owe it to yourself, your loved ones and your clients to stay on your cutting edge. If your career or relationship is a bore, step back and ask yourself what it would take to make it exciting. Then ask yourself what it would take to make it scary. The intersection of the two answers is your point of power.” – Alan Cohen

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Middle McCloud Falls

Middle McCloud Falls

http://www.backcountryroads.com/node/8

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“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – William Hutchinson Murray

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Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area

http://www.everytrail.com/destination/whiskeytown-shasta-trinity-national-recreation-area

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“Truly powerful people have great humility. They do not try to impress, they do not try to be influential. They simply are. People are magnetically drawn to them. They are most often very silent and focused, aware of their core selves. … They never persuade, nor do they use manipulation or aggressiveness to get their way. They listen. If there is anything they can offer to assist you, they offer it; if not, they are silent.” – Sanaya Roman

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Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta

http://www.creia.org/shasta—cascade-chapter

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“Sometimes the words people don’t say are as powerful as the ones they do.” – Ann E. Burg

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest: Middle Falls

Shasta-Trinity National Forest: Middle Falls

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g32755-d106375-i101025234-Shasta_Trinity_National_Forest-Mount_Shasta_California.html

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“All stories have a curious and even dangerous power. They are manifestations of truth — yours and mine. And truth is all at once the most wonderful yet terrifying thing in the world, which makes it nearly impossible to handle. It is such a great responsibility that it’s best not to tell a story at all unless you know you can do it right. You must be very careful, or without knowing it you can change the world.” – Vera Nazarian

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Deadlun Campground

Deadlun Campground

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/stnf/recreation/recarea/?recid=6434&actid=29

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“One of our people in the Native community said the difference between white people and Indians is that Indian people know they are oppressed but don’t feel powerless. White people don’t feel oppressed, but feel powerless. Deconstruct that disempowerment. Part of the mythology that they’ve been teaching you is that you have no power. Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth.” – Winona LaDuke

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relationship.

January 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Truly powerful people don’t explain why they want respect. They simply don’t engage someone who doesn’t give it to them.” – Sherry Argov

 

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Comb Ridge

Comb Ridge

http://www.expeditionutah.com/forum/showthread.php?p=672

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“Some seem to be born with a nearly completed puzzle. And so it goes. Souls going this way and that, trying to assemble the myriad parts.

But know this.  No one has within themselves all the pieces to their puzzle. Like before the days when they used to seal jigsaw puzzles in cellophane. Insuring that all the pieces were there.

Everyone carries with them at least one and probably many pieces to someone else’s puzzle. Sometimes they know it. Sometimes they don’t.

And when you present your piece which is worthless to you, to another, whether you know it or not, whether they know it or not, you are a messenger…” – Lawrence Kushner

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Monument Uplift and Comb Ridge

Monument Uplift and Comb Ridge

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=17203

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“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” – Bell Hooks

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Comb Ridge

Comb Ridge

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeastern-utah/

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“When there is no connection at all between people, then anger is a way of bringing them closer together, of making contact. But when there is a great deal of connectedness that is problematic or threatening or unacknowledged, then anger is a way of keeping people separate, of putting distance between us.” – Audre Lorde

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Comb Ridge

Comb Ridge

http://www.sjrnews.com/pages/full_story/push?image-3XVZ-3-14-PoW-Shumway-comb-air-jpg%20&id=17869476&instance=week_feature_photo

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“It is so beautiful to see a relationship that is nourished and fueled by a love expressed with action.” – Steve Maraboli

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015 § 1 Comment

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred Tennyson

 

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Rocky Mountains Snow Hoosier Pass Pine Trees Winter Colorado Forest Rustic Cabin Lodge Photograph

Rocky Mountains Snow Hoosier Pass Pine Trees Winter Colorado Forest Rustic Cabin Lodge Photograph

https://www.etsy.com/listing/122541405/rocky-mountains-snow-hoosier-pass-pine

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“In this new year, may you have a deep understanding of your true value and worth, an absolute faith in your unlimited potential, peace of mind in the midst of uncertainty, the confidence to let go when you need to, acceptance to replace your resistance, gratitude to open your heart, the strength to meet your challenges, great love to replace your fear, forgiveness and compassion for those who offend you, clear sight to see your best and true path, hope to dispel obscurity, the conviction to make your dreams come true, meaningful and rewarding synchronicities, dear friends who truly know and love you, a childlike trust in the benevolence of the universe, the humility to remain teachable, the wisdom to fully embrace your life exactly as it is, the understanding that every soul has its own course to follow, the discernment to recognize your own unique inner voice of truth, and the courage to learn to be still.” – Janet Rebhan

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